Partners In Adventure’s: “ADVENTURES IN NATURE”

Join PIA’s own Wilderness Coordinator, Lindsay Going-Swaim, one Saturday a month for a closer look at the natural world with our new program “Adventures In Nature.” We will be meeting at a variety of outdoor and indoor locations to learn more about nature in Vermont. Come prepared to spend some time outside and get dirty as we make shelters, study ponds, turn into migrating animals, and more! Cold weather activities will be presented with an awareness of comfort and safety. Each program will run for roughly an hour and a half, and will be fully accessible for all participants. Each person who requires an assistant must come with one; there is no cost for aides. Please RSVP in advance to Lindsay at: lindsaygs@partnersinadventure.org by the date shown for each activity, so that we can have enough supplies on hand! For detailed information, go to our website:www.partnersinadventure.org

October 1: “Shelters” Meet at Red Rocks parking lot 1pm, pick up at 2:30. RSVP by Sept 26.
October 2016 graphicLearn about shelter in the forest! Walk or roll on wide, hard packed dirt paths to get up close with nature and build a shelter right next to the path! We will collect sticks and branches nearby, then construct an accessible shelter, decorate it and take an optional stroll through the park.

November 12: “Tracking” Meet TBA at 10am, pick up at 12pm. RSVP by Nov. 7.
November 2016 graphicCome join us to search for tracks left behind by critters living in the forests and fields. We will bundle up to search for tracks outside, then warm up inside with hot chocolate. Next we will use bins of sand, snow, and mud to make animal tracks of your own to keep!
December 3rd: “Birds” Meet TBA at 10am, pick up at 12pm. RSVP by Nov. 28.
December 2016 graphicStay warm indoors to learn about what birds eat in the winter. We will start by looking at different shaped beaks, then we will make bird feeders for seed eating birds. Next we will explore what a bird of prey eats when we dissect owl pellets. We will finish our morning with an up close look at live hawks and owls!
January 8: “Winter Camping Basics” Meet TBA at 1pm, pick up at 2:30. RSVP by Jan. 2.
Let’s build an outdoor camp! Come dressed for the cold as we explore and decorate a pre-made quinzee hut. Next we can make an outdoor kitchen from snow to suit any height! We will then use that kitchen to learn how to properly melt and cook with snow, and use the snowmelt to make hot drinks.
February 4: “Winter Animal Survival” Meet TBA at 1pm, pick up at 2:30. RSVP by Jan. 30.
Join us as we transform ourselves into three different animals to discover where they go and how they survive during the cold months in Vermont. Using active games and crafts, we will take on the appearance of native Vermont animals in a journey of survival during winter.
March 4: “Garden Preparations” Meet TBA at 10am, pick up at 12pm. RSVP by Feb. 27.
Let’s gather to talk about what vegetables and herbs we like to eat. Next we will go to the store to buy seeds and supplies, then plant them in recycled containers; with some to take home and some for the PIA garden. We will finish by making a snack and singing to our freshly planted seeds to help them grow.
April 15: “Camouflage” Meet TBA at 10am, pick up at 12pm. RSVP by April 10.
Join us for a leisurely stroll where we will search for creatures that blend in with their surroundings to hide from predators. As we search for birds, moths, and beetles, we will put on some face paint and become camouflaged ourselves! We will finish with a game of camouflage where you will need to blend in to win!
May 13: “Stream Study” Meet TBA at 1pm, pick up 2:30. RSVP by May 8.
Pond water will be put into shallow tubs for looking, touching, catching, and separating amphibians, insects, and eggs. We can learn about and identify what lives in the pond with magnifying glasses and microscopes. After we put everything back, we can go for a stroll through the park’s hard-packed dirt trail.