Over 120 people came out to Ellenwood Park Saturday to hike with their family!
Thank you to all who came out to our Family Hike at Ellenwood Park on October 7th! If you missed it, you can still get out and enjoy this trail year round. Ellenwood Park is closed for the camping season but that doesn’t mean you cannot walk in and enjoy the fall colours.
Looking for a great place to walk/hike/bike with the kids? While Ellenwood Park is officially closed for the season, everyone is still welcome to use the park. The Friends of Ellenwood Park operate programs throughout the fall and winter and when there is snow, open a ski cabin for everyone to enjoy!
There is so much to do along the trail! Did you know that the more your child spends time in nature, the better they will do in school? Research has shown many benefits to healthy child development as a result of nature-based play.
The Leon Williams Memorial Trail can be accessed near the end parking lot closest to the guarded beach.
Hike through a traditional "Acadian Forest" of spruce, fir, pine,maple, birch, and hemlock. The 1.5 km trail is accessible to all ages. There are a few wet spots so wear appropriate footwear and strollers should be for trail use.
Was this the squirrel buffet table?
You will see squirrels playing and chirping, birds singing, woodpeckers knocking and if you are very stealthy, you might glimpse a deer, grouse or groundhog.
Wear a sleep mask or just close your eyes and listen. How many sounds in nature can you name? The longer you do this the more you will hear! Have a contest to see how many you get to!
Touchy-Feely Scavenger Hunt
Label an ice cube tray or egg carton compartments with words like soft, prickly, furry, sticky, etc. Try to find matching items and fill your tray.
Take time to stop and look closely at nature. A fallen log provides a whole world of exploration. Bring small mirrors to look underneath and in small spaces and magnifying glasses to get even closer.
After the Bell is a program for girls attending Maple Grove Education Centre and (new this year!) will include interested alumni attending the High School as well. Pick up your forms at MGEC office or download here!
Fall 2017 Schedule now available!
Hiking as a family is a great way to connect to your children at any age. Time spent in nature is good for the body, mind and spirit and brings people together in a very special way.
Always remember: kids aren’t as resilient as adults, they’ll enjoy their time a lot more if they are kept warm, dry, hydrated, and full.
- Use proper footwear (already broken in), bring extra socks just in case
- Dress in layers, they can always be removed
- Bring trail friendly snacks; trail mix, crackers, granola bars, etc..
- Bring lots of water! (If you are coming out to our guided hikes, please bring a refillable water bottle and we will being extra water!)
Hiking with a toddler? Definitely!
REI Co-op has put together a fabulous guide for hiking with your children at all ages and stages.
There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but you will find a better connection
Join us for a free guided family hike at Ellenwood Provincial Park on October 7th, 2017.
Family friendly hiking, games & activities, trail snacks and give-aways!
Ellenwood Park, October 7th, 1-3pm
Meet at the last parking lot near the public beach at 1pm (check in at the registration hut if you need directions). The trail is approximately 2 km and we will be hiking “family-friendly style”! (Lots of stopping with activities along the way).
Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. The trail is sometimes wet in spots so bring extra socks and shoes if you wish. Layered clothing is a good choice for our ever-changing weather.
Let us know you’re coming. 🙂
On August 15th Yarmouth Recreation invites you to our first Grandparent’s picnic at Beacon Park. Bring your grandchildren or young friends ages 2-6. Activities will begin at 11:00am and run until 1:00pm. Come out to the park and check out our life-sized games and bounce with us in our bouncy castle for the afternoon. We will also be providing light snacks and refreshments.
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