Activity Based Eco Day
Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)
Castro Valley, United States
"Everything in Nature is a wonderful miracle. Isn't the little bird flying through the vast sky a miracle?" —Amma
Let us begin the new year by giving our children the opportunity to come closer to nature.
Come for a fun filled day at the M A Center where the children & adults will learn about Solar Energy, Water shed, Dams & and the green aspect of the property by engaging in various activities.
Join us for a one-hour-plus hike in the rolling hills of the MA Center property. Activity based walks for three age groups (4 to 8yrs, 9 to 12 yrs, and teens) will use a wide and safe trail up into the watershed of Crow Creek.
Walkers of all ages will learn about and experience the harmony of nature, flora and fauna, the rushing water and dams of the watershed of Crow Creek. We’ll talk about the amazing topography of the Bay Area shaped by multiple rivers and creeks like Crow Creek and San Leandro Creek.
With any luck we will see and learn to identify (for appropriate ages) native oaks and bay trees, redwoods, pine, eucalyptus, and many other trees.
Then in the underlayer we’ll note mushrooms, grasses, coyote brush, lavender, rosemary and mistletoe hanging in the trees. We.ll look at erosion, imagine salmon swimming up the creek, get a good look at cattle grazing and how it has changed the landscape. With any luck we will see some deer, swans, ducks, hawks and vultures and maybe even a skunk or a fox (probably at a distance)!
For appropriate ages we will take a careful look at all the issues of global warming and how the natural environment reacts to and influences global warming. We’ll also take a close up look at a new large installation of solar panels. Paricipants will enjoy a 21st century learning experience in an ancient and beautiful natural setting.
If it looks like rain, bring your raincoats, boots and umbrellas and all the brave souls can take a walk in the rain. Warm and dry alternative activities will make up Plan B.
In addition to the above there will also be yoga session, service projects, games & fun activities for the children.
Below is the tentative schedule for the day.
When & Where
Amrita Bala Kendra, San Ramon, CA
Amrita Bala Kendra program tries to give children an understanding of spiritual principles and shows them how to bring these simple teachings into their daily lives through stories, bhajans, field trips, arts and crafts, celebration of festivals and service projects. The Bala Kendra program focuses on values, traditions, and spiritual practices.
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