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.
Groups are being formed for the Summer and Fall of 2021. In order to participate in Speak to the Earth we ask you to commit to completing 4 easy field trips. We work with each participant to find a convenient schedule. Each of the four field trips will begin with a group exercise designed to open and sharpen the senses as well as promote group cohesion. The first field trip 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. These lessons will be fun and enjoyable and will nevertheless get across the point of general safety. You will be introduced to the concept of land and open space protection and the work of land conservation groups.
The second field trip will explore plants and local geology. The terrain will be just a little more challenging than the first trip. Participants will learn about the dominant trees and shrubs of the Catskill and Hudson Valley region and the history of the rocks that make up the Catskill region.
The third field trip will look for signs of wildlife. Participants will certainly observe birds and insects. Amphibians and reptiles are also likely to be spotted. We will look for signs of mammals, and we're likely to see squirrels and chipmunks.
The final field trip will be in your own local area or neighborhood (or close by). The purpose is to discover the wild nature that exists right where you live. Your experience from the previous 3 field trips will enable you to see your home in a different way - as part of a larger natural environment.
There is no cost to participate in Speak to the Earth. Your cost is your time commitment. Free transportation will be arranged if you cannot provide your own.
Groups are being formed for the Summer and Fall of 2021. The time commitment is part of 4 days. Each field trip is designed to take no more than 4 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.
Click here for sign up and inquiry page