Penfield Recreation recently announced two new nature classes for youth through the fall season in partnership with Earthworks Institute.
Nature Explorers, designed for young learners, will help children feel comfortable in the woods and open them up to natural discoveries. Participants will learn the concepts of basic wilderness safety, hiking, ecology, navigation, food and hydration, shelters and leave-no-trace practices. On the hikes, children can expect hands-on activities, songs, games and stories to create a connection to nature and build skills. Nature Explorers attendance is open to ages 5-7 and will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 25 through Nov. 6.
Running Wild, a program for ages 8-11, is a survival skills program designed to teach ancient knowledge and understanding of the natural world combined with instruction on the time-honored techniques of wilderness living. Children will learn about the wonders of their environment and its natural processes. Earthworks staff will encourage kids to explore while working with peers to practice wilderness skills, such as shelter building, fire making, wild crafting, identification of flora and fauna, use of plants for food and medicine, purification of water, natural navigation and responsible tool use. The program will combine outdoor games with challenges that give children the confidence to discover the outdoors. Running Wild will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 26 through Nov. 7.
For information and registration, call 585-340-8655 or visit penfieldrec.org.