Monday, January 11, 2016

Creek Scouts

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Playing in the debris hut at the Randolph School - HILLARY HARVEY
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  • Playing in the debris hut at the Randolph School

Just when you thought your kids would finally curl up for a long winter’s nap, an opportunity comes along to sweep them outdoors. Creek Scouts is happening at the Randolph School the last two Saturdays in January, for kids ages 4-10, where they can learn all about loving the wintery landscape.

On Saturday, January 23rd, the class will focus on the adaptations that enable native animals to stay warm in winter. Kids will touch real skulls, skins, and bird specimens, and play cooperative games that highlight predator-prey relationships and survival skills.

On Saturday, January 30th, human survival is the focus as the class looks at how to enjoy outdoor adventures in the cold. From tricks for staying warm while hiking, to constructing a shelter, to fire-building and making hot drinks, kids will get to practice first-hand the fun of thriving in the winter landscape.

Creek Scouts is a mixed age program for girls and boys, which balances the various needs of the group by bringing older kids into leadership and mentoring roles. Sharing his passion for the natural world through soft teaching techniques, Evan Miklos, the science and PE teacher at the Randolph School, together with his partner build upon the children’s interests and encourage exploration within a guided experience. "As a Randolph teacher with a background in biology, I have always emphasized outdoor experiences and hands-on natural science in my work with kids," Miklos explains. "Parents kept suggesting that this was one of the most valuable aspects of their kids' school experience, and they were hungry for more." All classes feature a hike to Hunter Creek and Native American teaching stories.

Creek Scouts at the Randolph School, 2467 Route 9D in Wappingers Falls: Feathers, Fur, and Fangs, Saturday, January 23rd, 10:00a - 12:00p; Winter in the Wild, Saturday, January 30th. Classes are from 10:00a - 12:00p, $20 per child per class. Dress for being outdoors (ie. multiple layers, sturdy waterproof snow/hiking boots, warm hat, and waterproof jacket, snowpants, and gloves). Bring a water bottle and bag lunch or several hearty snacks. For more info or to register, email creekscouts@gmail.com.
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