Suggested Events 04/05/08-04/11/08

TIN-CAN ICE CREAM SOCIAL

This past Monday was the last day of the Outdoor Adventure Program winter session in Chesterfield (see photos). We ended the program with a tin-can ice cream social. Kids got to make their very own ice cream concoctions by adding ingredients to a small coffee can, nestling it into a larger can, surrounded by rock salt and ice, and rolling the cans (both duct-taped shut) around for about twenty minutes. And in the end we all had ice cream!

The recipe we were given was good for packing in your backpack when camping or hiking. It included evaporated milk, instant pudding and any additional goodies (M&M’s, chocolate chips, etc.). But after reading the ingredients on the back of the Jell-O Instant Pudding box, I picked up a box of instant tapioca instead. Equally easy to transport. And it turned out pretty well too.

That evening, I did a little poking around on the internet looking for other recipes people have used. The one I think I’ll try next with my daughter is a little more “gourmet,” using fresh ingredients. It calls for 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of whipping cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and any additional ingredients (peppermint candies, candied ginger, raspberries). Not so easy for transporting when camping or hiking, but fun to do at home with the kids, and delicious sounding too! Espcially this summer when those raspberries are fresh picked!

This Monday (04/07/08) the spring session of the Outdoor Adventure Program begins. Last I heard there was still room. So if you’re thinking of participating in the next session (which includes canoeing, fishing, hiking and more!) give a call: 413.296.4249.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns
The following key represents the sum cost of one adult and one child:(>$) Under $10; ($) Between $10-$19; ($$) Between $20-$44; ($$$) Over $45

Saturday – 04/05

7am – 10am – FAMILY RADIO – (Air Waves) While traveling around town, tune-in to The River from 7-9am or 103.3 FM from 8-10am to hear fabulous family-friendly music on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child . [All ages] (Free)

10am-Noon – WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD – (Northampton) Northampton’s Week of the Young Child Children’s festival happens at the Jackson Street School. Click here for details. [Families] (Free)

10:30am – KIDS CONCERT: POP ROCKETS – (Amherst) The Pop Rockets will be performing at the Jones Library as part of the Be Noisy in the Library Show. This is rescheduled from this winter, canceled due to a snow storm. 413.259.3090 [Families] (TBA)

11am-2pm – KIDS CRAFT PROJECT – (Easthampton) Bring the kids to come make decorative flower pots at Create Art Studio. One hour session. RSVP 413.455.4707 [Ages 5-13] ($$)

Noon-4pm – BASKET HISTORY – (Deerfield) The Historic Deerfield Museum will be hosting a workshop, Baskets and More. Learn about the many types and uses of baskets for 18th-century Native and English people of New England. Make a basket to take home using recycled materials. Try your hand at making cordage from natural materials. [All Ages] ($, under 6 is free)

4pm – 6:50pm – ICE SKATING – (Amherst) There will be a public skate at the Mullins Center Ice Rink. Skate rentals available. 413.545.3990 [Families] ($)

5pm-8pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Williamsburg) Silent Auction for Bonnie’s Program to benefit the after school programs at New Hingham, Westhampton and Anne T. Dunphy Elementary Schools. 413.296.0182 [All Ages] (Free, >$-$$$)

6pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Hadley) Spring Auction World Fusion/Carnivale at the Hartsbrook School. Live music, food from many ethnic traditions, performances and auction items. 413.584.3198 [All Ages] (>$-$$$)

6:30pm – SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – (Northampton) Green Gala 2008, sponsored by the Budget Crisis Response Committee of the Jackson Street School PTO. This event will include a silent auction, desserts, cash bar and live music and dancing with DJ Tom McCusker. At 7 p.m., Appalachian Still will perform. Proceed go to supporting Jackson Street School. 413.584.7327 [All Ages] (Donation >$-$$$)

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Spring Time Outdoor Adventures for Kids: Monday Afternoon’s in the Hilltowns

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HILLTOWN FAMILIES
presents
Outdoor Adventures for Kids in the Hilltowns
Spring 08 Afternoon Program

A nine week Monday afternoon (4pm-5pm) adventure program for kids ages 5-7 at the TMO Base Camp in Chesterfield, MA, starting April 7th and ending June 16th, 2008. Led by Program Coordinator, Timothy Vogel of Tekoa Mountain Outdoors.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Through age appropriate activities, young kids will explore their surrounding environment on foot and in a canoe while learning about ecology through outdoor adventures and activities. This nine week program will lead young Adventurers into the discoveries of spring while experiencing hikes, fishing and canoeing around the scenic 500 acre Base Camp in Chesterfield, MA. As spring arrives, bringing us April Showers, our young Adventures will explore vernal pools as the peepers emerge, make rain sticks to celebrate the season and hunt for insects. In May our young Adventures will go fishing while learning about fish habitat and local wildflowers and plants. And as we approach the summer months we’ll bring out the canoes and learn the basics of paddling and canoe safety. Our last day will conclude with a make-your-own ice cream social by using a tin can! Participants are asked to dress for the weather.

SPRING 08 SESSION

April 7th, 14th & 28th

Week 1 – Monday (04/07/08 )
RAIN STICKS

We will be starting off our spring session by making Rain Sticks and sharing their origins. Our young Adventurers will make a traditional Rain Stick out of materials found in their environment, and like people of other cultures, imitate the sound of rain. Having originated in South America and attributed to many cultures, the Rain Stick is a tubular rattle that has been used by many diverse cultures in various ways and played by children throughout the world.

Week 2 – Monday (04/14/08 )
STREAM EXPLORATIONS

As spring slowly arrives, our young Adventurers will trek down to the stream to explore our streams and surrounding areas. And there’s more than meets the eye! Upon closer look, we’ll identify different aquatic insects, animals and plants while discussing their importance to our ecosystem. Please bring shoes that can get wet and a change of clothes. Magnifying glass and reptile/insect ID books would be handy too.

Week 3 – Monday (04/28/08 )
THE BIG BUG HUNT

As their environment warms up, insects begin to emerge. We’ll identify bugs that fly, swim, crawl and even slither near our watershed while learning their value to our environment. Our young Adventurers will explore under logs and rocks while discovering which insects are useful and which ones we should avoid. We’ll also discuss how to keep ourselves safe from tick and mosquito bites while being adventurous outdoors. Please bring shoes that can get wet and a change of clothes. Magnifying glass and insect ID books would be handy too.

May 5th, 12th, & 19th

Week 4 – Monday (05/05/08 )
LET’S GO FISHING! (PART 1)

We are fortunate to have a rich resource of fish habitat in Western Massachusetts. For the next two weeks our young Adventurers will discover respectful fishing practices. We will learn about tying knots and casting a line while taking a look at different types of bait. We’ll also be discussing hook safety and fish habitat. Fishing poles and gear will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own poles too.

Week 5 – Monday (05/12/08 )
LET’S GO FISHING! (PART 2)

We’ll continue our fish explorations as our young Adventurers are introduced to the TMO/MA Angler Education Program. We will continue with learning the basics of fishing, simple biology, fish habitat, fishing gear safety, and courteous fishing habits while instilling respect for fish and their environment. Fishing poles and gear will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own poles too.

Week 6 – Monday (05/19/08 )
HIKING ADVENTURES

April shower’s bring May flowers, including Dutchman’s Britches, Trillium, Yellow Violets, and Trout Lilly’s. May is an excellent time to identify wildflowers, plants and trees while discussing how we can avoid poisonous plants while being adventurous outdoors. We will hike around the 500 acre Base camp, and see what April showers have helped to bring to life while discussing their importance to our ecosystem. Participants are welcome to bring along a plant press and ID books.

June 2nd, 9th, & 16th

Week 7 – Monday (06/02/08 )
CANOEING (PART 1)

Our young Adventurers will take to the water for the next two weeks. We will access the waters here at the Base Camp and learn safety skills around the water and canoes. Wearing provided personal flotation devices (PFD), we’ll learn all the different paddle strokes and proper techniques while paddling around our beautiful 60 acre wild and scenic Scout Pond. Please bring shoes that can get wet and a change of clothes.

Week 8 – Monday (06/09/08 )
CANOEING (PART 2)

Our young Adventurers will conclude their canoeing experience, beginning where we left off last week. Wearing provided personal flotation devices (PFD), we’ll continue to practice our canoeing techniques and safety skills as we explore our watershed on canoe. Please bring shoes that can get wet and a change of clothes.

Week 9 – (06/16/08 )
TIN CAN ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Our last day will conclude our Hilltown Families Spring 08 Program with our young Adventurers playing outdoor games and making their own ice cream by using a tin can! They will learn how to construct their homemade ice cream maker from materials brought from home and follow through by making their very own to enjoy. And ice cream social will follow.

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Outdoor Adventures for Kids: Monday Afternoon’s in the Hilltowns

HILLTOWN FAMILIES
presents
Outdoor Adventures for Kids in the Hilltowns

A ten week Monday afternoon (4pm-5pm) adventure program for kids ages 5-7 at the TMO Base Camp in Chesterfield, MA, starting January 7th and ending March 31st, 2008. Led by Program Coordinator, Timothy Vogel of Tekoa Mountain Outdoors.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Photo of the Base CampThrough age appropriate activities, young kids can explore their surrounding environment and learn about our ecology through indoor and outdoor activities and games. This ten week program will led young Adventurers through the exploration of their environment by learning how to use their senses, compasses and maps while hiking and snow shoeing around the Base Camp in Chesterfield, MA. As the weather turns towards spring, they will learn about the relationship between the Eastern Bluebird and our local environment, build their very own Bluebird nesting box, and continue their educational flight with kites and discoveries of spring. Our last day will conclude with a make-your-own ice cream social by using a tin can!

REGISTRATION FORM

WINTER 08 SESSION

JANUARY 7th, 14th & 28th

WEEK 1 – Monday (01/07/08)
Introduction & Games

As an introduction to the winter program, indoor and outdoor games will be played and participants will learn about exciting activities and projects we will be exploring through the winter session. Our young Adventurers will be introduced to all the outdoor gear and materials they will be using throughout the course.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 2 – Monday (01/14/07)
The Shape of Things

As humans we depend on all of our senses to gather impressions of our environment. Through touching, tasting, hearing, smelling and seeing, our brains sort out the diversity of sizes, colors, and shapes that we see. In this activity our young Adventurers will explore this diversity that appears in both nature and in man-made environments by using their senses.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 3 – Monday (01/28/08)
Getting In Touch With Trees

Throughout the camp and with a Mystery Box, our Adventurers will explore the shapes and texture of trees by using their sense of touch, while learning how to identify different species and their importance to our watershed.
Hot drinks will be provided.

FEBRUARY 4th, 11th & 25th

WEEK 4 – Monday (02/04/08)
Discovering the Compass

We begin our Map & Compass exploration as our young Adventures will learn about a compass. Through both indoor and outdoor games they will discover what a compass does and how it works.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 5 – Monday (02/11/08)
Using a Map & Compass

Off our Adventures will go right out into the woods, using what we learned about compasses the week before. With a TMO local Base Camp map, we will learn how to navigate around the Base Camp using things called Bearings. We are also going to learn how to orient our maps, count paces and steps to measure distance to reach our goals and objectives.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 6 – Monday (02/25/08)
Snow Shoeing

With provided snow shoes, our young Adventures will explore the outdoors with snow shoes. We will be incorporating our map and compass skills while we will identify tracks and talk about why the tracks are there.
Snow shoes (for kids) and hot drinks will be provided.

MARCH 3rd, 10th, 24th

WEEK 7 – Monday (03/03/08)
Learning About the Eastern Bluebird

Our Eastern Bluebird nesting box building project starts off with a discussion about the Bluebird, why they left New England, and why it’s important to help them return to our Watershed. Our young Adventures will build their very own Bluebird nesting boxes* and then decorate them with natural objects found right here at the Base camp to take home. If necessary, this activity will be concluded the following week. Parent participation is required and parents are encouraged to bring a hammer and safety glasses. Limited supplies will be available.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 8 – Monday (03/10/08)
Which Way Does the Wind Blow?

The March wind is here, so let’s talk about kites! After finishing up with our Bluebird nesting boxes, we will discuss kite safety, styles, maneuvers and make a
Wind Sock to see which direction wind is coming from. Together we will assemble our kites, add the string and tails and then set off to our giant ball field to try out this fun and breezy activity. Parents participation may be required.
*Please bring a pre-made kite purchased from your local merchant to assemble.
Hot drinks will be provided.

WEEK 9 – Monday (03/24/08)
Signs of Spring

Spring has sprung and our young Adventurers will spend this afternoon discovering the signs of spring in the wetlands of our watershed. We’ll look for who’s out and about, and go on a hunt for Fiddle-heads and Trillum around the Base Camp pond and streams. Bring
a bug /fish net and we will make a hand lens to examine them.

WEEK 10 – Monday (03/31/08)
Tin Can Ice Cream

Our last day will conclude with our young Adventurers making their own ice cream by using a tin can! They will learn how to construct their homemade ice cream maker from materials brought from home and follow through by making their very own to enjoy. And ice cream social will follow to conclude our Winter Session. The Spring Session will beginning the following Monday.

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