Gage Mowett looks for activity around a beaver lodge.
Discovery Kids is a nature club offered by Lakes Environmental Association at the Bridgton Community Center. Students are escorted to the Bridgton Community Center after school every Wednesday. A healthy snack is provided, followed by outdoor explorations, science activities, and games. The goal of this program is to encourage kids to spend time outdoors and to foster an appreciation for nature. In the fall, students hike the trails in Pondicherry Park, collect and press leaves, keep nature journals, and play nature-based games. In the winter, they explore Bridgton on snowshoes and enjoy sledding on a nearby hill. In the spring, they learn about vernal pools and signs of the changing seasons. This year Discovery Kids has adapted its activities to become more science based.
Priority will be given to first year participants. All other applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Group size is limited to 12, so sign up early!
What will kids do?
The goal of Discovery Kids is to encourage kids to spend time outside exploring and learning about the natural world. This enrichment program reinforces important science concepts and skills students learn in school. Guided seasonal explorations throughout the year will foster a love of nature and science to last a lifetime.
What should kids bring or wear?
Becca Roy enjoys an afternoon learning how to ice fish.
Kids will need to dress for outdoor play, including winter boots, a warm jacket, snowpants, hat and gloves or mittens. Your child will also need a signed note every week giving him/her permission to attend Discovery Kids.
Who is running the program?
LEA’s Teacher/Naturalist, Mary Jewett coordinates Discovery Kids. Maryis an experienced educator and has a B.S. in Ecology. Mary will be assisted by LEA Director of Education, Sarah Morrison and parent volunteers.
What does the program cost cover?
Due to budget restrictions, LEA is now charging for the program to cover food, materials and staff time. If you would like to send your child but the cost of the program is prohibitive, a scholarship may be available.
For more information, contact Mary at 647-8580 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.