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Seeds Gone Wild with GECKO

By Deb Jennings
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Aubrie Limebrook Kids in the Pre-K Butterfly class from Seeds of Learning went on an adventure last week at Hershey Ranch as part of a joint project involving Seeds of Learning, GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) and the Southwest Land Alliance (SLA).

Photo courtesy Aubrie Limebrook
Kids in the Pre-K Butterfly class from Seeds of Learning went on an adventure last week at Hershey Ranch as part of a joint project involving Seeds of Learning, GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) and the Southwest Land Alliance (SLA).

The Pre-K Butterfly class from Seeds of Learning went on a new adventure last week at Hershey Ranch.

The youngsters did many exciting activities and learned a lot of new things on their field trip.

The children made sailboats at school and got to float them down a stream.

The kids and parents went on a nature scavenger hunt in search of something slimy, sticky, and something an animal would eat. They even found a few animal skulls.

A picnic lunch was eaten at the “campfire” around the tents that the children helped pitch. After a morning of lots of fresh air and open space to run and explore, everyone was ready to return to school for their naps.

This was a joint project between Seeds of Learning, GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) and the Southwest Land Alliance (SLA).

GECKO traditionally focuses on older children who benefit from the chance to get outdoors and connect with nature. However, collaborating with Seeds of Learning highlighted a unique opportunity to engage with much younger children and their families, introducing them to easy ways to have fun outdoors. SLA aims to preserve and protect land in our region to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Everyone had a great time and hopes to make this an annual event.

This story was posted on August 8, 2013.