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General News · 21st April 2020
Earth Day celebrations have been happening for 50 years, so mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) by making this Earth Week and doing something memorable. In the current Covid-19 situation with social distancing protocol, it is even more timely to connect with nature while following provincial health recommendations.

The Children’s Forest Trust challenges you, families and individuals, to explore somewhere new to you on Cortes or a place you have not been for sometime, WHILE STAYING OUT OF PROVINCIAL PARKS ON CORTES!!! Is there a new beach or forest trail, a vantage view or a quiet place by a pond or stream? How about starting an Earth Journal (aka nature journal) to record discoveries and magic moments! Children will embrace this more fully when they see adults drawing and making observations as well, and you might just discover the sweet world of nature journaling.

We commonly compose riddles on our monthly forest walks into the Children’s Forest, so here is the second Earth Day challenge – how many Earth Day riddles can we collectively compose and record? Children will have an opportunity to ask their riddles at the follow-up zoom chat the following week. Or send your Earth Day riddles to for posting on the Children’s Forest and Cortes Family websites. Here is an example:
Lily’s Riddle
“I trip over rocks & logs,
Sometimes I am fierce and can take things away,
In winter, I can be still,
In summer, I disappear,
Who am I?” (see below for answer)

As a finale to your Earth Day activities, borrow a practise from some indigenous cultures known as a gratitude circle, and share something you are grateful for from the natural world. “I am grateful for the fresh green, cascading maple flowers bursting out and the variety of songbirds feeding and twittering through the maple canopy.”

This is an ongoing collaboration between the Children’s Forest Trust and CCHA Family Support during the corona virus pandemic.
(answer to riddle – creek)
Nature Journalling on Easter Bluff
Nature Journalling on Easter Bluff