June 7, 2009 The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island hosted its second annual Wilbour Woods Day in Little Compton on Sunday, June 7. Forty-five kids and adults came from around Rhode Island and Massachusetts to enjoy a spectacular spring day and explore one of the Sakonnet Landscapes’ [link] natural treasures.
John Berg, Sakonnet Landscape Director, loves the 85-acre, Town-owned preserve, and the chance to bring families out there. “Wilbour Woods is a wonderful place for kids. Everyone who came was mesmerized, like they had come to some fairy woodland.”
“Families came for the full two hours and enjoyed all four exploration stations we set up for the kids,” said Cheryl Wiitala, Preserves Manager for the Conservancy. The event was co-hosted with the Little Compton Garden Club and the Little Compton Tree Committee. “Thanks to the Garden Club and Tree Committee, we were able to connect with people of all ages,” said Cheryl.
The exploration stations included a “magnification station”, “gnome homes”, a scavenger hunt, and pond exploration.The pond was especially popular as kids got to get wet and muddy, while getting up close and personal with frogs, tadpoles, and invertebrates of all kinds.
Plans are already in the works for next year’s Wilbour Woods day. And the Conservancy hopes that the Conservancy and its partners can bring in families from underserved communities down to the Sakonnet area next year as well.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.