General News · 10th April 2015
We have been having fun this past Fall, Winter and Spring with lots happening around the Children's Forest. I wanted to offer this community update, as a means to inform you just what we have been accomplishing!
As a mother myself, I love watching these children getting creative while finding their voices to stand up for this beautiful forest. I reckon that in the future of our world, the need for strong voices and leadership will be a necessity. Using theatre, puppets, song, and dance as a means to get a message across is a powerful medium.
I have had the honor of working alongside about 25 young people in this community. Its been a blast. Together, we have created a rap song, made 20+ forest puppets, put on a forest puppet solstice show at the Gorge Hall, and visited 6 schools on a Salt Spring Island tour, with the message of introducing the Children's Forest.
(couldn't have done this without the pros....Dan Peters, Miejse Vlaming, Connie Brill, and Sabina Leader-Mense)
The nature study days also happen every first Sunday of each month. We hike into grandmothers grove, no matter if there is rain, snow, or sleet for there is no feat too great for us! Though our largest group BY FAR was when chocolate was involved! It is interesting to watch how the forest changes in 1 year, from month to month(we are 6 months in...)
The interpretive workshop that will be offered soon, connects these hikes into taking this skill set out into the world, walking and introducing people to the natural world. I would say we have quite a few skillful youth in this department here on Cortes Island!
As summer rolls around, we would like to work on a bit more theatre production, to be performed for our summer visitors. The Gorge Harbour Marina has kindly offered us a few slots in there summer entertainment programming, which is excellent as so many boaters and campers have been to Carrington and can appreciate it as we do!
I will be working alongside Connie Brill, and we are looking for our summertime theatre troupe. If your child is 10 years of age and older, and can show up to the workshop and practices, and would like to get involved in this FUN project, then please meet us for a Meet and Greet introduction, April 18th (its a Saturday) at Mansons Hall, from 10-11 am. Parents please accompany your child, as we want to iron down the best days for rehearsals. More details available at the Meet and Greet!
Hope to see you there.
Thanks for supporting The Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island!