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Outdoor Families Nature Club

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Part Play Group, Part Family Hike

Please join us every Thursday at 10:00 am, rain or shine, for our pilot program Outdoor Families Nature Club. Part play group, part outdoor education, part family hike, Outdoor Families is a drop-in group led by a Nature Nuts outdoor instructor and naturalist whose goal is to connect families to nature, their community, and to each other.

Please bring your own snacks, a change of clothes for your kiddos, and waterproof boots and jacket in fall and winter.

kaylee sanchez    beatrix kayak    emily rearranging the rocks

 Explore, Play, Connect

 After a brief welcome circle, the group will start exploring by wandering in the woods, peering into tide pools, and following the children’s lead through play. The naturalist will sprinkle in outdoor knowledge for both adults and children, led by everyone’s curiosities. After an hour, we will break for snack time and a story before resuming play and enjoying a trail game back to the parking area. Feel free to stay as little or as long as you like!

joe, beatrix, laura hike

This Season’s Location:

This season’s meet-up location will be the upper parking area of Fort Ward, off of Fort Ward Hill Road NE and Belfair Ave. Google Maps will try to take you the Pleasant Beach Drive Entrance if you tell it you’re going to Fort Ward, so below is the directions to the upper lot. There is ample parking and a bathroom. Your instructor will be there to greet you at one of the picnic tables; please arrive ten minutes early, at 9:50 am, if it is your family’s first time at Outdoor Families.

kaylee perfect toddler on tree

For the Entire Family

Parents or caregivers attend with their children and we welcome kids of all ages — from babes in arms and up. The instructor will gauge the level of the group and provide age-appropriate learning that will provide nature connections for all. This is not a drop-off program, but rather an opportunity for parents and caregivers to stay with and share the experience with their child. Cost is $5 for a caregiver and single child or $10 for families with multiple children. Please bring cash or stop in to Peacock Family Services to purchase a 5 or 10 visit Outdoor Families punch card.

debbie fam     stacy cannon baby backpack     caroline moore crabbies

Please bring your own snacks, a change of clothes for your kiddos, and waterproof boots and jacket in fall and winter.

If you have any questions about Outdoor Families Nature Club, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Val, our program director, would also love to hear what you are looking for in a Family Nature Club as we get this program off the ground.

Val Loughney Stapleton, Nature Nuts Program Director: (206) 780-1505 or  naturenutsbainbridge@gmail.com