Posted 2/16/2018 11:55pm by Allison Mills Neal & Matthew Neal.
Arugula's Star Farm sending a quick reminder that our second Ecosystem Exploration Family Farm Day (EEFFD) of the season is this Sunday February 18th 1:30-4:30pm. The 3 Hour Time Frame has an "arrive and go as you please" structure. Your family can stay for the whole time or just for an hour.
We are in the Winter Season Session, which means we will be at the Hill Top Grassy Bald & Big Back South Forest Sight with Open Fire Ring. There will be well posted signs on where to go upon arrival.
Weather Forecast looks cloudy with only 20% chance of rain and temps in the low 60's.
We sure hope to see you soon come Sunday!
If you are planning on coming, please send us a quick "yes", but as noted this is not required as we do not want a "yes or no" response to prevent you from coming if your family makes a quick last minute decision!
In the middle of the week, we decided to take our own exploration off of the property to Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest up in Kentucky, south of Louisville. https://bernheim.org/program-and-events/
The pictures are of us at Bernheim having fun in a sound scape geometrical memorial structure.
This park offers a similar type of program to the EEFFD that we are offering here and it is called Muddy Boots Play Group. When I read about Bernheim's Muddy Boots Play Group program after learning about it, they mentioned great key points of why opportunities like the EEFFD are very important for children to take part in, and further supports why I wanted to offer something at our farm for the 2018 year!
Here below is what Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest has written about the Muddy Boots Program and I am including it because it represents the good cohesive beneficial concepts of what all nature based forest programs offer:
Regular forest experiences and unstructured time in nature can have dramatic and profound influences on child development.
Our mission is to provide a safe space for children to play, create and discover outdoors, connect them with nature and help them become resilient learners.
Wisdom begins with wonder. At Muddy Boots we help children explore for themselves and encourage them to think, discuss and problem solve. Through unstructured, outdoor free play children develop a host of important skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, cooperation and confidence.
Our forest is a magical site where children are free to imagine and explore possibilities for their own healthy development.
Allison Mills Neal
6624 Leipers Creek Road; Columbia, TN 38401