Explorations of The Last Green Valley Designed for Kids
Farm Adventure Series
The Last Green Valley is offering a series of five farm programs this spring to give middle school aged children a chance to get dirty while learning where their food comes from. They’ll get to see the inner workings of local farms in a small group setting and roll up their sleeves with hands on activities. Each farm experience will show the kids different skills needed to run the diverse array of farms today. Each program is $10 per child. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Adult admission is free. If you have multiple children who would like to attend, please contact us at 860-774-3300. While the programs are geared to middle school students, children on the cusp are welcome, just let us know. Registration is limited and required.
Explore The Last GreenValley Trail Camp
Last summer, The Last Green Valley, Thompson Rec and TEEG had a crazy idea that if we worked together we could figure out how get middle school kids outside safely. Middle school children especially were facing a second straight pandemic-created, lonely summer of little to no activities for kids their age. We knew getting them on the trails for a week or two could really help provide some happiness and excitement, but also help relieve the stress and pressure on families worried about their middle schoolers.
That pilot program got 18 kids out on the Air Line Trail State Park Trail all the way from Thompson to Lebanon over two weeks. And it worked.
In 2022 we plan to operate from hubs in Thompson and Coventry to give 120 kids that kind of experience. Campers will be empowered with new skills, connecting them to the outdoors and their peers, while giving their families the pleasure of watching them take on new challenges and be excited for the day ahead.
Campers will have the opportunity to hike a variety of trails, their skills developing over the course of the week, be able to understand trail signs, read a map and use a compass when they are done. They'll also be exposed to outdoor STEM-based activities, such as learning about water quality monitoring, the sun and more. They will learn about local history and agriculture and have the opportunity to connect to one another and the adults assisting the camp in a small group environment.
The Trail Camp is supported in part by the CT Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP). the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation and Millennium Power Partners.
Every month TLGV offers free programs designed especially for kids and their families. We explore the National Heritage Corridor and learn about all the amazing things you can find here. Acorn Adventures are always free and our sponsored by Centreville Bank.
Check our TLGV Events Calendar and our social media for updates and schedules.