The weather for our unplugged event proved to be a bit chillier than expected so we set up in a barn at the Zimmerling Family Farm. Six (6) kids had a great time examining in detail a variety of sample bird feet, beaks, and wings. There was also an opportunity to dissect (during the event or at home) sterilized owl “fur balls” containing undigested fur and bones that, as we learned, owls cannot digest.
Our very knowledgeable teacher Patty, from the “Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center”, instructed everyone on how to properly focus binoculars for optimal bird watching. Everyone then had an opportunity to use their newly found binocular skills to do their best to identify different types of bird pictures posted strategically in the yard. A free online tool called Merlin was introduced to the kids to help them easily identify the various bird species they saw.
Held at the Blackwell-Hinchley Homestead saw 3 kids (2 under 4 & one aged 8) and a bunch of big kids (i.e. adults) attend. They enjoyed show-shoeing and hot chocolate and camaraderie around the campfire. I heard that the 2.5 year-old managed to do the whole 1.5 km trail with her grandmother!
5 kids (2 new brothers from Almonte) and their adults met at “Fortune Farms Sugar Bush” (in Almonte) and saw maple syrup being made over a wood-fired evaporator by the Shanty Men, and then over old-fashioned kettles with the Kettle Boys. Slim (not!) and Shorty (not!) were the ones we met – we didn’t really talk to Tubby or Curly. They gave us tastes of yummy maple syrup and maple fudge. And, back at the entrance, the kids enjoyed some taffy on the snow. Education about the sugar bush wasn’t a high priority for the kids – they liked running on the trails, climbing snow banks and digging in the snow with sticks they found. Anyway, a good time was had by all! This event attracted kids from ages 3-6.
Held at the Zimmerling’s farm, this event saw 3 kids (new to Unplug from Arnprior & Braeside) plus the 3 young Zimmerling kids working on some new material! This activity appealed to kids ages 5 to 11. Enid reports it was chilly weather but with everyone moving around [& with their UNPLUG wool socks], it was good. After an introduction by Ryan (support by Zach), groups shoe their survival tools, hunted for a good site and built a shelter from materials found in the forest. Then they built a fire: matches were provided, birch bark, twigs and logs were gathered and laid; and the warmth was enjoyed!
Calling all Kids, Grandkids and Friends!
Welcome to a fun, exciting outdoor experience for youth 6 -17 who want to UNPLUG (no screens) and Connect with Nature!
Creating a garden!
Schedule: approximately every 2 weeks (Sunday afternoon).
Site: an interesting nature location normally within a 15 minute drive from Arnprior. Parent drop off/ pick-up required.
Cost: $5 each session per participant, payable at site.
For more details, use the button below or call 613 618-5716
Sponsor: St. John’s Lutheran Church 47 McLachlin Street South Arnprior K7S 2Z1
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