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Family Hike to Stebbins Gulch

Date Sunday, Aug. 10
Time 1 - 4pm
Location Corning Visitor Center
Instructor Education staff/volunteer guides
Cost $5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers
Description Join us as we travel back in time and into the stream as we explore Stebbins Gulch. We’ll search for crayfish, climb a waterfall and locate rock layers from earlier times. You might even find a fossil or stone carving. Bring a sense of adventure, waterproof boots and a change of clothes. Each family member must be able to walk up steep hills and hike for two miles, often times in the creek. Please dress for the weather and wear foot gear with good tread for wet and slippery walking.
Ages 8 and above
Class code FAM223
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Polliwogs and Popsicles

Date Friday, Aug. 15
Time 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location

Holden Shelter House

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost $5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers
Description There is no better way to spend a summer evening than dipping in the pond for frogs, catching salamanders and listening to the bull frogs. Join us for a summer picnic. We will provide the popsicles, the nets and the buckets. Dipping, catching and identifying will be ongoing so you can eat when you want to and dip as long as you like. All you need to bring is your curiosity and a picnic dinner.
Ages Families of all ages
Class code FAM702
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Bag A Bug

Date

Sunday, Sept. 14

Time

1– 3pm

Location

Holden Shelter House

Instructor

Eva Rodriguez

Cost

$5 per child, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

8 to 10

What makes a bug a bug? Are bugs good or bad? Join us as we search for bugs at Holden using sweep nets and other tools. Learn about different kinds of bugs, play games to see how they survive and even build a bug you can eat. You’ll have a new appreciation for mosquitoes, bees and other things we call bugs.

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Family Hike To Little Mountain

Date

Sunday, Sept. 21

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

8 and above

Do you like gigantic boulders with crevices, cracks and pools of water? Little Mountain is the perfect place to explore if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Join us as we locate the sites of old hotels, find names carved into rocks more than 100 years ago and search for the old spring house. Bring a sense of adventure and boots. Each family member must be able to walk up steep hills and hike for two miles. Please dress for the weather and wear foot gear with good tread for wet walking.

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Autumn Leaves and S’mores: A Fall Picnic

Date

Friday, Oct. 10

Time

6 - 8pm

Location

Holden Shelter House

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

Families of all ages

There is no better way to spend a fall evening than listening to the crunch of leaves underfoot as you walk through the woods collecting colorful examples, and perhaps, catching a glimpse of the few remaining frogs in the pond. Join us for a fall picnic. We will provide the s’mores, the leaf trail and the craft activities. The activities will be ongoing so you can collect, hike, eat and make things in whatever order you want. All you need to bring is your curiosity and picnic dinner.

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Family Horse Trail Hike

Date

Saturday, Oct. 18

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Rebecca Thompson

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

6 and above

No horse required! Our hiking journey will follow a horse trail through the backwoods of Holden. We will explore the unique features of the land and learn about plants and animals along the way. The trail could be muddy, please dress accordingly. Bring a snack and water.

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Have You Seen Trees? A Leaf Walk for the Littlest Tree Lovers

Date

Sunday, Oct. 26

Time

2 - 3:30pm

Location

Holden Shelter House

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per child, members, $10 per child, nonmembers

Ages

3 - 6 with adult

Join us as we read the wonderful book Have You Seen Trees? by Joanne Oppenheim. We will hunt down the trees in this beautiful poem and make our own wonderful leaf collection to take home.

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Family Hike To Stebbins Gulch

Date

Sunday, Nov. 9

Time

1 - 4pm

Location

Corning Visitor Center

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person, members; $10 per person, nonmembers

Ages

8 and above

Join us as we travel back in time and into the stream as we explore Stebbins Gulch. We’ll search for crayfish, climb a waterfall and locate rock layers from earlier times. You might even find a fossil or stone carving. Bring a sense of adventure, waterproof boots and a change of clothes. Each family member must be able to walk up steep hills and hike for two miles, often times in the creek. Please dress for the weather and wear foot gear with good tread for wet and slippery walking.

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Giving Thanks – A Celebration of Nature

Date

Sunday, Nov. 23

Time

2 - 3:30pm

Location

Thayer Classroom

Instructor

Education staff/volunteer guides

Cost

$5 per person members, $10 per person nonmembers

Ages

ages 6-12 with an adult

Join us as we give thanks and celebrate all that nature provides. A reading of the Jonathan London book Giving Thanks will be followed by a hike to discover some of the wonders of nature. We will then gather by a fire for a snack and a chance to create your very own Tree of Thanks to take home.

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