BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Westchester Land Trust teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) to launch a series of Farm and Forest summer outings to WLT’s Sugar Hill Farm in Bedford Hills and its Westchester Wilderness Walk in Pound Ridge.
Led by WLT’s Director of Stewardship, Tate Bushell, and WLT volunteer educator Janice Robbins of Bedford, the Farm and Forest program provided campers from BGCNW’s Eagle group, 5th and 6th grade boys and girls, fun and engaging activities on WLT’s land.
“The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester is dedicated to inspiring and improving the lives of all young people so they can realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens," said Alyzza Ozer, CEO of BGCNW. Place-based nature education is a great way to encourage an enthusiasm for learning that carries through life, and the unique and exciting locations offered by the Westchester Land Trust provide our campers with a number of different opportunities to learn about the world around them,”
On Aug. 4, the Eagles explored WLT’s headquarters, Sugar Hill Farm, a half-acre farm that provides much needed fresh produce to the Food Bank for Westchester.
On Aug. 7, the Eagles visited the Westchester Wilderness Walk in Pound Ridge. They had ample time to enjoy wandering along the trail with friends.
The curriculum emphasized all community members are welcome on WLT’s preserves and trail systems, and focused specifically on raising awareness of the local natural resources and ecosystems found in Westchester and the benefits we get from keeping them healthy and having them protected forever.
“We were delighted to add the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester to a growing list of community partners committed to helping us encourage children to re-engage with nature,” said Lori J. Ensinger, WLT’s President. “We live in an age where children are increasingly disconnected from the natural world around them, and that has a direct impact on their health and wellbeing. Our program with the Boys and Girls Club represents one small step to change that.”
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