In recent years, there has been a startling shift in the way young children are spending their days. With the advent of new technology and the rise of personal electronic devices, kids are spending a large majority of their time indoors and in front of a screen. Whether it’s a television, tablet, phone, or video game, this plugged-in lifestyle often leaves little time for exploring the natural world.
The movement inside can lead to several childhood health issues associated with a lack of outdoor play and exploration. Learning about the natural world through sensory exploration, self-discovery, and free play helps cognitive development, builds critical thinking skills, and encourages self-control and self-discipline.
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is dedicated to promoting environmental learning and exploration in the Farm Cove Community Forest. In addition to offering free education programs to local schools, we offer year-round public programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Downeast Lakes region.
Be sure to register your child for our next exciting offering: “Spring Break Kids Hike.” Get the kids out of the house and join DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown for a morning naturalist hike on Little Mayberry Cove Trail in the Farm Cove Community Forest. This hike is for students in Grades 3 – 8. Kids should bring a water bottle and come dressed appropriately for the weather. We will meet at the Grand Lake Stream Dam Parking Lot at 9 am. The hike is free, but will be limited to the first 15 participants. Parents and guardians must pre-register their child by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 796 – 2100.