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This is a guest blog post by Kim Lough, Director of the Little School, Early Childhood and Auxiliary Programs.
This was the perfect weekend to pen this post, on an afternoon walk my eyes were drawn to the flowers sprouting and the sounds of the birds chirping, welcoming signs that spring is here! Over the winter months, we have been planting thoughts in our mind that expand on the exploration our students have experienced outdoors this year around campus, in the neighborhood, and in Blackstone Park Conservancy.
"The best classroom and richest cupboard are roofed only by the sky." —Margaret McMillan
Under the guidance of Melissa Guliett, master gardener and educational coordinator for Blackstone Park Conservancy, our youngest campers this summer will learn what it means to be an Eco Warrior in our newest signature camp, Gardens & Greens. They will get dirty daily in the Edible Garden while helping us expand the growing potential in our beds. On the trails in Blackstone Park, they will learn citizen science, engage in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) activities, play nature-themed games, create arts and crafts projects, write in journals, collect treasures, and more.
We are thrilled to add this dynamic offering to our already popular summer programs. The Quaker value of stewardship of the earth is a guiding light for the Lincoln community. Our hope is that frequent exposure to nature at an early age will help create responsible citizens and advocates for environmental sustainability. Here’s to a spring and a summer filled with sunshine and endless outdoor learning!!