Woods, Water & Farm: A Middle School Adventure
Exploring Land Trust Lands and Farms Throughout the Seacoast
Woods, Waters & Farm is a wandering adventure to the natural landscapes in and around our community, led by experienced White Pine Naturalists and Mentors. Each week we will visit 3-4 different locations within a particular region.
- Explore and connect to local conservation lands, working farms, shore-land and coastal waterways.
- Practice caretaker principles that foster a lifelong conservation ethic and conduct.
- Learn from and about the wildlife, plants and trees on each preserve.
- Cultivate a sense of place through land exploration, navigation and mapping skills.
- Develop an understanding of important ecosystem relationships.
- Expand awareness of the world around us through nature connection activities.
- Strengthen bonds of friendship and community through group projects and skills.
- Hone leadership skills among participants.
Days will start with gratitude, land and water acknowledgement and recognition of the original stewards. We will explore using challenges and games to teach observation and awareness. Our mentors will teach bushcraft skills, nature-based art, plant identification and lead citizen science and stewardship projects. While modeling a caretaker attitude and demonstrating how we can leave a place better than we found it, leaders will encourage us to practice leadership skills through working together as a team and fostering a sense of community with our peers. At the end of the day, with carved spoons in our hands, cattail fluff in our pockets and laughter in the air, we will return together and share stories from the day. Locations will be chosen to provide experience in varied ecosystems such as forests, estuaries, rivers, marshes and agricultural lands.
Week 1: July 5 – 9 Epping/Brentwood Area
Week 2: July 12 – 16 The Berwicks
Week 3: July 19 – 23 York/Kittery
Week 4: July 26 – 30 Epping/Brentwood Area
Week 5: August 2 – 6 The Berwicks
Week 6: August 9 – 13 York/Kittery
Exact locations for drop-off and pickup will be announced in April.
We hope to use vans to transfer for some camp locations, but that will depend on how COVID protocols develop through the spring.