Getting kids (and parents) to unplug and get outdoors isn't easy. But being in nature can boost your whole family's mental and physical health and learning about our local heritage can inspire kids to have a lifelong love for their home town.
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DRBA's Forest School
The Forest School is a great way for parents and kids ages 3-6 to bond, play and learn more about nature. With generous support from the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, DRBA held the first ever Forest School Day program in Henry County, VA in May, 2016 to encourage young children and their parents to experience the outdoors in a safe environment. The program was held in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Philpott Lake. Forest School Day was held at Philpott Lake in the group camping area with an outdoor amphitheater in a forested area which made it suitable for all of the activities of the program. Eleven children, ranging from 3 years to 6 years old, and seven parents participated in the program. The children learned about a variety of topics related to the natural environment including the basic needs of all animals (food, water, and shelter), outdoor safety and survival, and flora and fauna identification.
DRBA is currently seeking support to continue to Forest School year-round.