What do you get when you mix a hike, expert naturalists, room to explore, and a dash of serendipity?

Trail School at Baltimore Woods!

Inspired by one of the great naturalists of the 19th century, Enos Mills, each excursion will take us on an adventure through Baltimore Woods as we explore away from the main trails. Our 182-acre “classroom” is rich with diverse habitats, including streams, forests, wetlands, beaver ponds, and open meadows. 

More Trail School Explorations in February!

This three-week series runs weekly on Thursday afternoons. $30 members; $45 public. Pre-registration is required and the price includes all three weeks. Themes for each week are listed below, so get ready for some February exploration!

Finding Foxes
February 4, 2021 from 1-4pm

Baltimore Woods is full of foxes! This week we are going to follow their tracks, find their dens, and see if we can be foxes too!

Forest Bumble
February 11, 2021 from 1-4pm

This week we will go on a “bumble” through the woods, following wherever our feet or instincts take us. Prepare for a grand adventure where we will let our imaginations run wild.

Overlooks, Fields, and Forests
February 25, 2021 from 1-4pm

It’s a winter wonderland and the Overlook and Field to Forest trails will lead us to a world of discovery.
Let’s explore and see what we can find!

More details: This program is planned to be entirely outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Lessons are suited for ages 5-13. Students must pre-register for the entire series. Adults are encouraged, but not required to join the group, and must stay on-site during the program. Bring a water bottle and a small snack. At Baltimore Woods Nature Center, the health and safety of our staff and visitors is of utmost importance. All in-person programming will follow best practices for keeping our participants safe, including health screenings, physical distancing and wearing facial coverings.

Register for Trail School: February Explorations

What can you expect from Trail School? This program focuses on child-led learning through play and exploration with the guidance of a naturalist who knows the preserve and the skills to encourage discovery, inquiry, experimentation, and imagination. Each day will include a hike through the forests and fields, often away from the main trail system. Naturalists will have field guides, magnifying lenses, observation jars, and other tools of discovery to help children deepen their curiosity and facilitate on-the-spot learning. Of course, nature itself will provide anything else we need, and there will be time for free play and the space for each child to connect with nature in their own way. Our naturalists are all CPR and First Aid certified, carry first aid kits and two-way radios, and are ready to keep the fun and exploration safe for your child. 

The Philosophy Behind Our Trail School

Enos Mills himself describes the philosophy best as he talks about his Trail School at the base of Longs Peak, over 100 years ago: “These children were dealing with real things through interest, and their imaginations blazed with more keenness than it was possible for the powers of legends and fairy tales to incite. They had been to school, had studied, had worked, had learned without realizing it. Their reports amounted to enthusiastic recitations of new, big lessons well learned. Best of all, they were happy, and were eager to go on with this schooling – this developing.”

Our professionally trained and experienced environmental educators bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for hands-on discovery and learning, while building lasting connections to the natural world and inspiring a sense of stewardship in your children.

For more information of the power of nature play for children check out The Children and Nature Network’s extensive library of research:
https://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/research/

For more on Enos Mills, visit www.enosmills.com.  His book, Adventures of a Nature Guide is highly recommended!