Weekday hikes for parents and children
Join the Friends of the Blue Hills to enjoy the outdoors with your children during our NEW bi-weekly Peek a Blue Hikes series. These hikes will occur every other week starting Tuesday, May 6 at 11:00 am. (For a full list of dates, see below.) The hikes are part of the organization’s 35th year celebration and are made possible by a startup grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club.
You can choose between two hikes: one for parents with babies in backpacks and one for parents with toddlers. The former will be more challenging for adults, while the latter will be more tailored to “new walkers” and will focus on nature exploration. The hikes will be offered every other Tuesday (weather permitting) from 11 a.m.-noon and will start at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot. Healthy snacks, juice and water will be provided thanks to the grant from the MJWC, and everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Houghton’s Pond after the hike concludes.
Getting outside with your children is not only enjoyable, but also great for their development. Well-known child advocacy expert Richard Louv has written extensively about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, directly linking the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Peek a Blue Hikes are intended to address the nature deficit by exposing young children to the natural wonders of the Blue Hills Reservation.
Thanks to our sponsor: The Friends of the Blue Hills is one of 15 non-profit organizations to receive a grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club in 2014. The grants are the result of fundraising efforts during the year and reflect the funding philosophy of the MJWC to provide financial support to programs and organizations that strengthen the community and enhance the lives of Milton residents. Milton Mums, a newly formed support group for mothers with babies and toddlers, will also be participating in the hikes.
Meet at Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton. Hike dates for 2014:
Weather permitting: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org, call 781-828-1805 or check our Facebook page and Twitter account (@FriendBlueHills) if inclement weather). For more information: email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.
Photo: Grace and Kathleen Malone