Spring is particularly welcome this year. As plants and animals emerge from dormancy, we too are stirring from our winter hibernation. It’s been a year – a difficult year, for sure, but the power of disruption as a positive force has also been revealed.
When our world turns upside down, we get creative. In our personal lives, we created new ways to connect with friends and family and many of us sought solace in the natural world. Here at CREA, we created new ways to help you connect with nature.
We jumped from in-person speakers to virtual speakers and our fantastic speakers entertained over 550 people at home with up close looks at everything from vernal pools to river restoration.
We pivoted from teaching schoolchildren in-person at the Ecology Center to facilitating outdoor learning at local schools and creating nature-based lessons for teachers to deliver remotely.
And, we developed nature-based activities for children’s home learning days with our partner Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, distributing 900 activity kits through MidCoast Hunger Prevention Program and local libraries since September and making the activities available on our website.
We were able to do this because of your support and we are profoundly grateful. In difficult times, you were there for us – supporting nature-based education even as it took on new, less familiar forms.
We are beginning a foray back into in-person programs with small groups – this is our favorite way to share the experience of the natural world. Check our website (Events) for details. We expect the Preserve to re-open this spring – check the announcements bar (black bar at the top of every page) for timing and details. We look forward to seeing you in-person, outdoors, soon!
In gratitude for your ongoing commitment to CREA,
Ellen Bennett, Board President Caroline Eliot, Executive Director