#playoutdoors #3 – foraging expedition, the Junior Forest Warden adventure designed to get people to play outdoors, was a hit!
on August 25 fabulous forager and Barking Kettle guy, Shawn Dawson led a busload of Junior Forest Wardens, students, parents, grandparents, families and volunteers out behind the grounds of Murray Meadows in Portugal Cove – St. Philips and o what we found! multi-generational outdoor time, a glorious melding of cultures, and the unbridled bounty of Newfoundland outdoors! check out a few shots here!
along with the usual suspects that were printed on the flyer (blueberries, raspberries, pineapple weed, Labrador Tea and sorrel), Shawn showed the foragers dozens of other sweet little things – like nature’s TicTacs – that grow quietly under the brush. there were chanterels!
there was so much to see and smell and taste and learn. like, for instance, you have forage sustainably. there were upward of 50 of us #playingoutdoors with Shawn, and all of us picking would have been akin to a clear-cut. not sustainable! Shawn also talked about how to harvest – there are ways to do things and ways not to do things. for instance, if you carry out the chantarels in a wicker basket, the spores are spread thus making next year a good year! (happy news – Shawn is writing a book. we’ll share when it’s published)
the foragers had much to share as well! some had not had Newfoundland for home for very long, so some of the flora was foreign. but not all! one guy showed us why a particular plant is called a wide mouth frog in his home country.
after the hike we got back aboard the bus – (tnx Roy and Jackie of City Wide) and drove down the road to a nearby pond, where Eniola and Jamille – the amazing greenrock-ers and CCNL Green Team members – shared info on how to take care of water. those two were a greenrock dynamic duo! they brought marvelous things to the project – electric energy and unparalleled organizational skills!
we’ll miss them at the next Junior Forest Warden event – the Legacy Plant and Registrat
#playoutdoors is proud to receive support from the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Junior Forest Wardens is proud to receive support from the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
#playoutdoors was a series of three amazing events during summer 2018 delivered by thegreenrock.ca ~ Live Sustainably NL with collaborative support from the MacMorran Community Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City of St John’s, Easter Seals, Association for New Canadians, Sharing Our Cultures, Paddle NL, Key Assets, East Coast Trail, Murray Meadows, Fishing for Success, Memorial Centre for Internationalization, Alberta Junior Forest Warden Association, Quick Brown Fox Communications and other community-minded organizations. #playoutdoors was a campaign of Guide to the Good.
thegreenrock.ca ~ Live Sustainably NL is a not-for–profit company that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.
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