WESTPORT, April 26, 2021 – Every day can be Earth Day with the help of a spring Outdoor Adventure Kit from Foley Mountain and its community partners.
Back by popular demand, families can pick up one of 200 free kits from any Rideau Lakes or Westport library branch, as well as the Lyndhurst and Seeley’s Bay branches of the Leeds and Thousand Islands Public Library beginning May 1.
The spring kits include materials and instructions to help families of all ages get outside and explore. Families can expect seed packets for starting a pollinator garden, a magnifying glass and nature journal to explore your wild and wonderful neighbourhood, and sensory exploration activities. The kit will also include some outdoor art challenges including how to customize a walking stick for your next hike, and a mini version of the Robert Munsch classic, Mud Puddle.
“Right now under public health restrictions, there isn’t a lot for families to do,” said Foley Mountain site supervisor Rebecca Whitman. “But they can still be out in their backyard and they can still enjoy exploring the great outdoors together.”
The kits were made possible with support from the North Leeds Youth Co-ordinating Committee which distributes United Way Leeds and Grenville funds, Rideau Lakes Horticultural Society, the Township of Rideau Lakes, the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands, and the three public libraries.
“There was so much interest in the winter kits, and our partners and supporters have now allowed us to double the amount of kits available,” Whitman said. “We’re really excited to be able to do more and to stay connected to our community.”
Parents can adapt and modify the activities to engage both younger and older kids, Whitman said.
Families do not have to have a library card in order to pick up a kit. However, residents are reminded not to travel outside their region, in accordance with public health guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19. The kits will be available through contactless curbside pickup while supplies last.
For Rideau Lakes branches and hours visit www.rideaulakeslibrary.ca.
For Westport library hours visit www.westportontariolibrary.wordpress.com.
For Leeds and Thousand Islands Public Library branches and hours visit www.ltipl.net.
More “Fresh Air Fun” activities can be found at www.rvca.ca and on our YouTube channel @RideauValleyCA.