Programs for Kids

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” — Rachel Carson

Each year we partner with local schools to connect young people with the outdoors.Our role in educating young people about local wildlife and habitat and connecting them to the outdoors is increasing. As kids today spend more time inside, we are developing more programs and activities to get them outside. Many of our hikes, paddles, and field trips are designed just for kids. We strongly believe that there are numerous benefits derived from outdoor play in a natural environment… fresh air, exercise, and imaginative play to name a few! Some of the events we hold that really stand out to include these benefits are:


peanutbutterpineconefeederCelebrating Earth Day 2016!
Saturday, April 23rd come out and visit the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown to celebrate Earth Day with crafts, wildlife, and fun activities for kids of all ages from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check back soon for more details.


The Daycare Environmental Education Program allows children to learn various tasks they can perform to keep their outdoor surroundings pleasant and usable for future generations to enjoy. Through a variety of projects, we teach them to be good future stewards of the land! It is our hope that with this project, and many more, children will gain a greater appreciation of the environment.

The Tug Hill Bird Quest Classroom Feeder Team program will be held May 14 - May 18 this spring.The Classroom Bird Quest Program, which continues to grow and now includes over 35 classrooms in the Tug Hill region. Participating classrooms are provided with bird feeders and seed, donated by local corporate sponsors. Then, for one week in May, students watch their feeder for 15 minutes each day and record the species of birds. This program is a great way to bring the outdoors in! This year we will be doing the Tug Hill Bird Quest Home School Edition.  Click here to learn more.

The Annual Independence River Hike & Picnic, which offers participants a close up look at one of our protected properties in the town of Greig in Lewis County. An easy 1 mile trek through the protected forest brings you to a beautiful stretch of the Independence River, which is perfect for swimming and picnicking. This trip occurs every July, and is one kids love, and never forget!

Celebrate Earth Day and help clean-up your community! The Annual Black River Clean-up is Saturday, April 21.The Annual Black River Clean-up happens at least once, but sometimes twice a year. The Black River Trash Bash occurs every September, however we also hold a clean-up in celebration of Earth Day. Both are great ways for children to give back to the community by keeping our river beautiful. Check back in September and March for details.