Photo of MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren leading a guided walk for families.

We believe it is crucial to foster future generations of conservationists and so we encourage children and their families to have fun together outdoors while learning about the natural world. To create such opportunities, we are introducing a new program of family nature activities, ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’, with the first event a Family Bonfire Storytime on Friday, October 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The new ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ program has been developed by MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren working with MMRG’s volunteer Educational Outreach Committee.  Committee Chair and Board member Lorrie Drake, a retired biology teacher, is enthusiastic about the program: “We’re excited to connect with families in the region and explore the outdoors with budding naturalists!”

The Family Bonfire Storytime kick-off event will feature an evening of stories, campfire songs and games for kids led by Kari Lygren, Lorrie Drake, Middleton pastor and MMRG volunteer and Tom Gardner, and other Educational Outreach Committee members. Healthy snacks will be provided. A rain date is set for Saturday, October 28, in case of inclement weather. Future ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ activities, already planned for 2018, include ‘Little Trackers’ snowshoe walk on February 24, ‘Ponding with Sally Cornwell’ on May 19, ‘Rail Trail Scavenger Hunt’ on June 23,   and ‘Family Moonlight Walk’ on September 22.

‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ stands for Members Only Outdoor and Social Events for Families, with a play on the ‘Moose’ in our organizational name, Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. For interested families who are not current MMRG members, the membership requirement is fulfilled with a $25 per household per year membership donation; the program of six ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ activities per year is free, including MMRG’s annual Woods, Water & Wildlife Festival in August. If the membership fee is a financial burden,please inquire of Executive Director Patti Connaughton-Burns about available scholarships by calling (603) 473-2020.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ activities. For more information, directions, and to pre-register, please call MMRG’s Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email Sponsorships of the ‘MOOSE-ies for Families’ program or scholarships would be welcome; please contact Patti Connaughton-Burns.