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Nature Connection at Kingston’s JFK Elementary – It Takes a Village!

Published July 9th, 2015

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Wild Earth recently partnered with Kingston City Schools to bring students from JFK Elementary into the woods to connect with nature.

Thirty-seven 2nd-4th graders participated in a nine-week “After-School Adventures” program that met every Thursday in Hasbrouck park behind the school. The students learned friction fire, shelter building, cordage, and lots of nature awareness and team building skills.

“When we learned that the after school program at JFK was out of funding, Wild Earth imagined how great it would be to get these kids back into the woods after school, just as spring was in the air. The whole village made it a reality. School principal, Paula Perez, Assistant Superintendent, Jo Ellen Gibbons and the Kingston Parks & Recreation Department all said, YES! Big thanks to Jeff Roth & Joanna Katz, Bruderhof, Klock Kingston Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, Sierra Club Mid-Hudson Group, Williams Lake, as well as other local businesses and individuals who partnered with Wild Earth to create this unique program. We are grateful to all who made this dream a reality,” said Wild Earth’s Executive Director, David Brownstein.

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