Fairy Houses and Strategies for Inspiring the Wonder of Nature in Kids and in Our Inner Kids
We will explore the concept of fairy houses – tiny structures made with natural materials and placed in the environment so as to be a surprise to the viewer. We will cover the concepts of outdoor classrooms. A growing body of research tells us that time spent in nature can provide children with many benefits – improving physical and mental health, boosting learning performance, and developing social-emotional skills. We intend to have participants work on constructing a house and leave with ideas of creating spaces/activities for outdoor exploration. We also intend on a short walk to view the Fairy House Trail installation at Goodwin State Forest in Hampton, CT.
This program is available through a partnership with the UConn Master Gardener program and is open to Master Gardeners and the public. Cost of program for Non-Master Gardeners: $50, FREE for Master Gardeners. Registration required through the UConn Master Gardener Program, which can be done here: https://uconnmastergardeners.gosignmeup.com/public/Course/browse?courseid=12152
This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.