Sun, May 30|
Crystal Lake at McCutcheon Park
Celebrating Trees - Screen Free Saturday!
Time & Location
May 30, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Crystal Lake at McCutcheon Park, Middletown, CT 06457, USA
About the Event
Join Everyone Outside and the Russell Library for a morning of book groups, story time, nature games and/or a tree walk. There will be fun for all ages!
We will start at 10 AM with book groups & storytime with 3 great books by Peter Wohlleben
- Adults: Book discussion of the “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World”* lead by Lucy. Russell Library has plenty of copies to check out (click here for details) and it is available at other libraries too. No need to read the entire book to join us.
- Children: (~5-12) and adults: The Russel library staff will bring copies of "Can You Hear the Trees Talking?" to explore together. No need to pre-read unless you wish
- Young children (birth - 4) & caregiver: Storytime featuring "Peter and the Tree Children" and "Call Me Tree / Llamame arbol" by Maya Christina Gonzalez
Join Lisa for nature/tree themed games for people of all ages after the book/storytime groups and/or Lucy for a family-friendly walk to explore nearby trees including basic identification, ecology and ethnobotanical uses for food, medicine and shelter.
We wish to thank the Rockfall Foundation for supporting our programs for families.
Registration Appreciated. Directions will be sent to those that register and registrants will be notified via email if the event is cancelled due to weather.
* In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. As a result of such interactions, trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Drawing on groundbreaking new discoveries, Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities; he describes how these discoveries have informed his own practices in the forest around him. As he says, a happy forest is a healthy forest, and he believes that eco-friendly practices not only are economically sustainable but also benefit the health of our planet and the mental and physical health of all who live on Earth.
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