The #WEOUTSIDE program was finally launched on June 30th at the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, with the goal of introducing the participants to the Maine outdoors in low-key manner (and with food). Maine Audubon graciously allowed MANA and the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust to use both their indoor facilities for going over some safety and preparedness information, but also to then be able to step outside and immediately forget all of it while enjoying the beauty and peace of this nice spot along the Presumpscot River estuary. Despite being new to Maine and new to this environment, the kids aren’t shy about their personalities and that made this introduction day all the more fun.
Special thanks to Eric Topper, Director of Education for Maine Audubon, and translator Gee for being so emphatic in helping out with the language barrier (“Poison ivy. Do not touch! You – don’t touch!!!)
Next week will be the first trip in the Maine Appalachian Mountain region so check back for more info!