Anyone from Kingston, NY and the surrounding communities - you are especially welcome if you are someone who has never before experienced a walk in the woods.
The field trips will focus on safety: what to wear, what to bring, and what to watch out for. Participants will learn about proper clothing and footwear; hazards like dangerous plants and insects; proper hydration; route planning and letting people know where you are going and when you will return. You will be introduced to the concept of land and open space protection and the work of land conservation groups. We will also explore plants and local geology, and look for signs of wildlife
There is no cost to participate in Speak to the Earth. Your cost is your time commitment. Transportation is provided.
Each field trip is designed to take no more than 3 hours from the time we leave the pickup point (somewhere in your town near where you live) to the time you return to that pickup point. Each walk in the woods will take no more than 2 hours and cover no more than 2 miles over generally easy terrain.
Speak to the Earth promotes equitable and inclusive access to natural and wild protected places for all people. Recognizing there has been an historical under-representation of some groups of people on hiking trails and in the conserved forests, Speak to the Earth provides access to and understanding of these public resources for all people. Speak to the Earth recognizes the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of being in nature and works with diverse communities to offer opportunities to experience the joy of being in nature.
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