Rainforest Adventure in Western MA

Rainforest Adventure in Western MA
Springfield Museums: Jan 25-May 11, 2014

Rainforest Adventure is a multi-sensory exploration of one of our planet’s most precious resources. Through a variety of interactive experiences and hands on displays, visitors will learn about the amazing diversity of life in rainforests and the many challenges they face today. Using vests, flashlights, and binoculars provided, young visitors can explore a gorilla nest, climb a kapok tree, and identify endangered species they find along the way. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Rainforest Adventure is that it is designed for both children and adults, allowing families to share in the enjoyment of learning together.

Craving an outdoor adventure that doesn’t involve icicles, snow banks, and layers of cold weather gear? If you can’t flee to a warmer corner of the globe anytime soon, enjoy an indoor version of such an adventure at the Springfield Museums! From January 25th through May 11th, 2014, the museums will be home to an exciting new exhibit – Rainforest Adventure.

True to its name, the exhibit brings real excitement to the museums and offers families a rainforest adventure without the travel. While exploring a gorilla nest or climbing a kapok tree, families will be able to learn about the amazing species diversity found in our planet’s rainforest and will work to identify endangered rainforest species. Backpacks, flashlights, and special adventure vests will be provided for intrepid explorers to use while adventuring on a multisensory expedition through the exhibit, and kids and adults alike will enjoy the experience and the useful information gained by visiting… Read the rest of this entry »

Senior Life History Project Brings Together Elders and Western MA Youth

South Berkshire Community Coalition Offers Intergenerational Community Connections

Working together,  youth and seniors recreated the life journey of the senior; the culmination of which was a Life History Scrapbook that the senior will share with his/her friends and family. The Senior Life History Project is also an opportunity for social interaction between the elders and young people, engaging in fun activities such as: crafting, build a birdhouse, or play games.

The South Berkshire Community Coalition is offering students and seniors a unique intergenerational community learning project call the Senior Life History Project. This program pairs youth with seniors to help create a life history scrapbook of the elder’s experiences.  Throughout the project, youth will help seniors to transcribe, photograph, and create sound, video, etc. to tell the story of their life.  Final products are not limited to book format – the term “scrapbook” is used as a suggestion of a potential outcome, but the project leaves much space for students to experiment with multimedia presentations, online forms of information sharing, and other non-traditional “scrapbook” formats.

The project also allows much space for sharing of information and skills across generations.  Throughout the development of each senior’s life history scrapbook, youth will get to hear firsthand accounts of life during pivotal moments in American history, learn about local history and changes within their community, and discover the many life experiences of their project partner.  

Similarly, participating elders will develop a new and meaningful mentor-style relationship and have their experiences both validated and valued.  The project can help both youth and seniors deepen their knowledge of technology and multimedia computer programs, as well.  For more information, contact Shelley Brooks at the South Berkshire Community Coalition at 413-528-1919 ex 14.

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