We’ve had many adventures in nature with kids this year! Family Adventures in Nature began in July, thanks to a grant from the Salt Spring Island Foundation. It’s a series of events taking place at the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve for children ages 6 to 12.
According to Cathy Lenihan, the coordinator, “One of the best things about children coming with their adults to BLNR for nature-inspired activities is the chance they have to experience each other differently. They can share knowledge and interests on an equal footing. It’s a privileged moment between them — they can learn from each other.”
A variety of activities were scheduled depending on the theme for each of the six days. Families learned about the flora and fauna of Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, bats, painted turtles, and the great blue heron. In the first six sessions, over 80 people participated. Read a fantastic article in the Driftwood by Gail Sjuberg about the program.
The Stewards in Training coordinators are back in the schools. This month, SiT coordinators were also at Burgoyne Bay with Grades 4 and 5 teachers and students from Fulford, Fernwood, and Salt Spring Elementary schools. Several Fernwood elementary classes also spent a day at the Blackburn nature reserve this fall.