Get Out(side): 2014 KidsTreks, TILTKids Camp and TeenTreks Announced!

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They’re baaack! The joy of my job – the KidsTreks (plus TILTKids Camp and brand new TeenTreks)! Sure, I like planning the other, more adult-oriented outings, and writing grants and doing marketing and graphic design…but who wouldn’t prefer getting to plan fun kids activities that they then get to participate in – like a big kid?? 

So here they are (and be sure to check out the Thousand Islands Land Trust’s website for the full list of 2014 Treksand follow the links to to sign up):

2nd Annual “For the Trees” Arbor Day Community Event with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
Zenda Farm Preserve, Clayton: Saturday, April 26, 9:30am
Free

Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) at Zenda Farm Preserve for our 2nd annual “For the Trees” Community Event in celebration of Arbor Day. We planted over 50 new trees last year along our LoisJean and John MacFarlane Trail, and we hope to plant many more, with the help of volunteers. We’ll also be offering the workshops, treks and exhibits that enhanced our celebration last year: There will be educational activities for kids, a guided tree trek in the Zenda woods and free seedling trees for families to plant at home. Local conservation partners will also be on hand to run additional tree-related activities during the event. The addition of new trees at Zenda Farm Preserve will benefit not only the local wildlife but the community as a whole. Lunch for volunteers will be provided by Subway of Clayton.

“Green Movie Night” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
Clayton Opera House: Tuesday, June 24, 7:30pm
Suggested donation TBD – to help support TILT’s summer KidsTreks

Power off the TV at home and join your friends, neighbors and the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) at the Clayton Opera House for a “Green Movie Night!” The Opera House recently installed a new giant screen and sound system, and popcorn will be available, so the experience will be just like going to the movies! The featured film to be announced, and will tie in with TILT’s mission of conserving the natural beauty, wildlife habitats and recreational opportunities of the 1000 Islands region. Check back or follow us on facebook for updates. So that we know how many people to expect, please register in advance.

TeenTrek: French Creek Paddle Boarding Trek with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
French Creek, Clayton: Tuesday, July 8, 6pm
Free

At the suggestion of our fabulous summer interns, The Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is launching a new series of “TeenTreks” aimed at those too mature for our KidsTreks, but who still want to “get out on the land” and have some fun! Paddle boarding is hugely popular in the 1000 Islands, and exploring TILT’s French Creek is the perfect way for young conservationists to learn more about the quiet waters of this important tributary to the St. Lawrence, and the countless species of birds, amphibians, fish, and plant life that inhabit it. Participants should dress to get wet! TILT will provide water and snacks. Limited paddle board rentals are available for $15 through TILT, in partnership with Riverbay Adventure Inn. Please register in advance (and let us know if you need a rental!).

KidsTrek: “Ichthyologists for a Day” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
TIBS on Governor’s Island: Wednesday, July 23, 1-3pm (Meet at TILT office at 12:30 for transportation)
Free for TILTKids Supporters*

Based on the popularity of the last two years, the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is once again partnering with Dr. John Farrell and the crew at TIBS (Thousand Islands Biological Station) to give kids the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a fish scientist! It will be an exciting day of fish-related activities and discoveries. Meet at the TILT office at 12:30 to catch the boat over to Governor’s Island. Snack will be provided. KidsTrek participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor play. Space is limited, so sign up early.

KidsTrek: “Extra! Extra! Nature Journalism” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
Otter Creek Preserve, Alexandria Bay: Wednesday, July 30, 1-3pm
Free

The Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is inviting kids to the write about “nature news” at TILT’s new Otter Creek Preserve, just outside of downtown Alex Bay. Local Thousand Islands Sun editor Sarah Riddoch will teach the basics of journalism, using the natural world as inspiration. Kids can then work individually on a “news-worthy” story of life in the wild to share with the group if they want. Directions for parking at the Otter Creek Preserve will be provided. Snack will be provided. KidsTrek participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor play. Space is limited, so sign up early.

2nd Annual TILTKids Camp: “Wilderness Explorers” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
Zenda Farm Preserve: Saturday, August 2, 10am-1:30pm
Free for TILTKids Supporters*

TILTKids Camp is back! This time, the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is inviting TILTKids to put their wild skills to the test at Zenda Farm Preserve. A handful of local experts will be leading mini-workshops throughout the day. We’ll learn everything from map-making, orientation and geocaching, to plant identification, first-aid and camping – get ready to get wild! Space is limited, so sign up early.

TeenTrek: “Wild Survival” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS)
S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve: Sunday, August 3, 10am
Free

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) and Thousand Islands Emergency Rescue Service (TIERS) at TILT’s S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve in Clayton. Participants should dress appropriately, with hiking shoes, and pack a backpack with what you think you would need to survive! TIERS will put teens to the test against a series of possible outdoor scenarios, and teach the proper skills needed for survival of the fittest. Directions for parking/drop-off at the Ingerson Preserve will be provided. Space is limited, so sign up early.

KidsTrek: “Damsels & Dragons” with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)
Grindstone Island: Wednesday, August 6, 1-3pm (Meet at TILT office at 12:30 for transportation)
Free

The Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is partnering with local bug experts Vici and Steve Diehl for a creepy, crawly and cute exploration of the tiniest inhabitants of Grindstone Island. TILTKids will remember the Diehls and their bugs from last year’s Camp – now we’ll be seeing them in their natural habitat! Meet at the TILT office at 12:30 to catch the boat over toGrindstone Island. Snack will be provided. KidsTrek participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor play. Space is limited, so sign up early.

I know…“Space is limited, so sign up early” sounds pretty repetitive, but consider yourself warned: I am already getting sign-ups for the KidsTreks and TILTKids Camp. No joke, I was getting people wanting to sign up before I even announced the schedule…before they even knew what was going to be on the schedule! Not to toot my own horn or anything, but the word is out in the 1000 Islands – these treks  are THE preferred way for local kids to “get out on the land!”

To learn more about joining the land trust as a TILTKids member, click here. Photo of kids searching the Zenda Farm Preserve fields for signs of grassland nesting birds from our 2013 TILTKids Camp: Looking Closer

 

 

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