New programs to explore forests to be offered for youth

October 11, 2016 by  

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation will be expanding its forest program this fall for those who live in Malden and the surrounding communities.

The initiatives of the Friends provide a variety of opportunities to learn about nature for children between the ages of four and ten. There are self-guided explorations of the forest so that they can develop their critical thinking skills, curiosity, and sense of connection with nature.

During the fall program, there will be various sessions held once a week. In Stoneham, for children between four and five years old, there will be Forest Kindergarten at the Botume House of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, running from Mondays through Thursdays. For those between six and ten years old, there will be additional forest instruction both after school on Wednesdays at the Botume House, as well as Saturday mornings at Straw Point in Stoneham.

The programs are designed to develop a sense of leadership and stewardship with regard to the environment. Guest speakers may also be invited as part of the program to guide children on tours of the Fells, taking advantage of the Fells as a shared natural resource.

These sessions will run from October 18 through November 21. The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation might consider creating brochures with more information about these learning opportunities that it can distribute throughout the area.