Children ages 6 to 10 spent the summer in Grand Lake Stream exploring the Downeast Lakes Land Trust. While learning about forestry practices, mosses, trees, animal tracks and water bugs, students made terrariums, nature journals, leaf printed t-shirts, track casts, and imaginary macroinvertebrates.
The highlight of the summer was a visit from artist Rebekah Raye who led the children in stories, and helped them create their own illustrated book. “I didn’t know I could draw that well,” said one participant, “But Rebekah showed me how.”
“We stayed an extra week here, because the kids had so much fun and learned so much. We absolutely loved it,” enthused one mother.
“I learned a lot too,” said one of the many adult assistants, who helped the classes run seamlessly across a very busy summer. “I had no idea for instance, that different species of trees succeeded each other as a forest grows older.”
“The Exploration and Adventures program is always a popular series, and one we are proud to offer to the community for free each summer.” said Tanya Rucosky, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s Education and Communications Manager. “We are already planning for next summer, but we are always on the look out for new ideas to challenge and engage our youngest forest users.”
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust regularly runs classes, hosts speakers, work parties, and leads outdoor adventures that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Maine woods and waters. These programs support the DLLT’s commitment to protecting both the environmental and economic health of the Downeast Lakes region. Visit our website to discover what is happening next!