Earth Kinship - A Relationship with Nature 1/4

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Saturday February 23

10:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

Guide: Wanda DeWaard

Meeting Location: Metcalf Bottoms picnic area at the one-lane bridge. 

During our first of four family-friendly adventures, we'll leave the distractions of daily life behind and escape to the woods for an adventure in the Smoky Mountains.
 
Our experience begins in Metcalf Bottoms, a historically and naturally rich location that was once the entrance to the Little Greenbrier Valley community from the early 1800s until the 1930s.
 
As a group, we'll share a series of creative and playful activities while learning what may be there for you to enjoy. By the end of our day together, you will know the natural world and our relationship to it in a very different and personal way.
 
Come enjoy a sense of wonder and awe for what nature holds for you and learn to fall in love with the natural world again. 
 
This is a great way for parents and caregivers to share and explore the natural world with young minds.
 
Mileage: 1.5 miles maximum.  
 
Activity Level: Easy. Expect to be walking along uneven surfaces with trip hazards such as exposed roots and rocks. 
 
What to bring: In addition to plenty of water, an appropriate amount of food for your comfort and comfortable walking shoes. We recommend that you bring something to take notes with, and dress in layers with hats and gloves, bring along a backpack and rain gear. A personal first-aid kit and hiking sticks may be helpful as well.
 
About our Guide: Wanda DeWaard is an outdoor educator who has shared Environmental Awareness and Earth Kinship with community groups, schools, camps, environmental centers and teacher conferences since 1974. She has directed youth and family programs all over the United Staes as well as in Canada and Germany. Currently, Wanda works as an outdoors program consultant and freelance educator in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding communities.
 
Program proceeds are used to support GSMA's mission to support the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the National Park System by promoting greater public understanding and appreciation through education, interpretation and research. Thank YOU!
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