Herons & Muskrats: Weekday Youth Bi-monthly Program

We will explore the trails and forests of Angrignon Park, learning ancient survival skills and modern naturalist knowledge, expanding our senses, following our passions and curiosities, all the while building community and connection to ourselves.

Our different groups will be together for the morning activities, opening circle and a big group game, before splitting into more age-specific groups with a 1:6 ratio of staff to participants: a 7-9 year-old group (the muskrats), and a 10-12 year-old group (the herons). The groups will engage in age-appropriate skills and activities and reunite at the end of the day for a game and/or a closing circle,

Some of the culture-building routines that we want to practice include:

– Sharing sincere gratitude
– Storytelling
– Setting goals in community
– Setting peace-keeping community agreements
– Opening and using all of our senses
– Practicing being quiet and observant in the forest
– Making music together
– Following our passions to the lessons they will lead us to!

Some of the activities we want to sink our teeth into include:

– Tarp and knot skills
– Friction fire
– Finding the tracks and signs of wildlife
– Learning how to listen for the language of birds
– Practicing being sneaky and camouflaged like animals
– Learning about and using edible and medicinal plants (and how to avoiding the dangerous ones!)
– Mapping the land
– Crafts with natural materials such as basket-making
– Navigation and lost-proofing
– Natural shelter building
– Playing awesome games inspired by nature
– … and much more!

LOCATION
Angrignon Park

SCHEDULE
Tuesdays every 2 weeks, 10am – 2pm

Fall 2019 (7 sessions)
September 10th, 24th
October 8th, 22nd
November 5th, 19th
December 3rd

COST (per session)
$280, plus tax
If you need financial assistance, click here.