LEARN MORE ABOUT FORESTS
The Learn More About Forests program is a three-day overnight camping experience designed to deepen youth understanding and appreciation of nature. Similar to the Learn About Forests™ program, it focuses on environmental learning, community building, and leadership development.
We offer youth and young adults between the ages of 8 and 24 the opportunity to camp, develop outdoor skills, and learn about nature in an immersive forest environment. Youth are given a balance of structured learning time and space for reflection and fun. Instruction, food, and camping equipment are all included in the cost of the program.
"I learned that nature gives to us a lot more than we think and that people should be more aware of that. Like the trees have many roles that are beneficial not only to themselves, but their environment and all of us. Some things they do are filter our air, provide oxygen, give shading, and provide structure in the floor."
LMAF Participant, Age 16, Holyoke High Dean Campus
"I think it’s important for young people to have experiences in nature because then they might actually find what they like."
LMAF Participant, Age 14, Holyoke High Dean Campus
“Eagle Eye made it possible for a group of nine Mystic Learning Center youth, ages 8-13, to have an overnight expedition to the Rocky Hill Reservation in Medfield [MA]. Many of these youth had never gone camping before. On this trip, youth were encouraged to try new things, including building fires, calling owls, fashioning bird nests, and working as a team to complete various tasks. Throughout the trip, youth were given opportunities to lead the group, taking charge of navigation, food preparation, and decision-making. We also had a chance to let loose, which made for some incredible memories – searching for constellations, telling ghost stories at the campfire, and hiking at sunrise were just a few that stand out. To complete this incredible adventure, our kids were enlisted to help plant blueberry bushes in a high-erosion zone, ensuring that their legacy of appreciation and service would be carried on for years to come.”
Heather McCormack, Youth Worker, Mystic Learning Center