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staffsitsmallThis summer, under the direction of FNL’s new Program Director, Sarah Kacevich, Nature Linc’s property has become a place to explore new ways to be in nature. You might find children participating in mindfulness-based walks or making Compliment Tea – an activity that requires children to give themselves some love as they pick various plants around our garden and put them into tea bags to take home. Part of the inspiration behind this activity is the cultural and familial traditions of some of the staff and visiting youth, which may involve brewing tea using fresh ingredients rather than conventional tea bags.

The focus on paying attention and being mindful in nature begins each morning as campers and their staff arrive. The Program Director gives everyone a brief orientation explaining some basic rules to adhere to throughout the day. As everyone takes a few deep breaths, noticing their bodies and minds, she explains that they might notice they feel a little bit calmer or relaxed by the time the day is over and they are ready to head home.

During our new mindfulness-based walks, children are introduced to the concept of being mindful and aware, and at various points are asked to send breaths throughout their body or walk like a resilient bird. Each walk starts down the path across from the goat pen and into the immense greenery. The children and counselors stop on a boardwalk where swamps trickle underneath and animals like Garter snakes are often spotted. The campers and staff join together to focus on taking a few long, deep breaths, “in through your nose and out through your mouth.” As if by some miracle designed to calm the initial restlessness of elementary-aged kids, the campers and staff alike seem to settle down and take on a sense more of awe than of an anxious pursuit towards the next best thing.

At the end of these walks, campers join Farrington’s staff in adding to our summer mandala – an eastern cultural symbol for the universe known for the therapeutic influences involved in its creation. The mandala is made from items such as sticks, flowers and leaves that the children find throughout the walk.

Another way we are bringing in mindfulness and awareness is through our summer art activities. One of the art activities we’re doing this summer involves campers using found objects around the property to create their own musical instruments in the form of shakers. They fill containers with things like rocks, sticks, nuts and leaves, then experiment with how different materials create varying sounds. During the activity, we play music that promotes relaxation (for example, Andean pan flute music or bird sounds), and explain that music and sound can be a tool to encourage calmness.

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Summer is in full swing at Farrington and our staff is ready to go! Our Summer Program Manager Abby Girard spent the last few days training our excellent team of Senior and Junior Counselors. Get to know them a bit below!

 1. NAME: Madison 

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Working with the animals and meeting people.

 

2. NAME: Sarah

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: The animals and the kids!

 

3. NAME: Vilmari

YEAR AT FNL: 4th

SCHOOL: Bennington College

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Working with kids.

 

4. NAME: Jazmin

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Bennington College

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Working with kids.

 

5. NAME: Tiffany

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Working with the animals.

 

6. NAME: Daniel

YEAR AT FNL: 2nd

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Working with the animals.

 

7. NAME: Ludgie

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: The animals and kids.

 

8. NAME: Momo

YEAR AT FNL: 2nd

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Being with the animals.

 

 9. NAME: Julio

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: UMass Boston

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Having fun!

 

 10. NAME: Chris

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: William James College

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Being with the kids.

 

11. NAME: Naisha

YEAR AT FNL: 1st

SCHOOL: Prospect Hill Academy

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Animals and nature.

 

12. NAME: Maya

YEAR AT FNL: 4th

SCHOOL: Bridgewater State University

LOOKING FORWARD TO: The staff, and making new and long-lasting relationships.

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Farrington is looking to hire a Resource Manager!

April 25, 2018
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The Resource Manager will provide critical administrative and fundraising support for Farrington Nature Linc (FNL). We are looking for a mission-focused, highly organized, detail-oriented, seasoned, process-minded team member with experience in facilities management, database management, bookkeeping, and administration. This person should have great people skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to deliver measurable, cost-effective results. […]

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Farrington is hiring for the summer!

March 27, 2018

Are you passionate about engaging youth in environmental programs – particularly youth from urban settings? Do you enjoy building program capacity and impact, directing and coaching staff, and working outdoors – sun, rain, and snow? Are you a forward thinker, self-starter, and have high energy? Then we are looking for you! We are hiring for […]

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Welcoming Our New Program Director!

December 20, 2017

We are happy to announce that Sarah Kacevich has joined Farrington Nature Linc as our new Program Director. Following on Farrington’s rapid growth over the last five years, Sarah will continue to help us move forward in living our mission  more deeply. We are excited to work with her to expand opportunities for Farrington to […]

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Farrington’s Extend Program – Hear from our Teen Staff

December 12, 2017

By Susan Taylor, Farrington Trustee and Clerk Until Rebeca was 17, she spent most afternoons on her mother’s couch in a small apartment and watched cooking shows on TV.  That summer, she took a job as a junior staffer at Farrington-Nature Linc, and her life began to change.  “At Farrington, I’m out of my comfort […]

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We’re halfway! Summer 2017 Review

July 28, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a lovely summer for the campers and staff visiting Farrington Nature Linc! Despite a rainy July, we’ve had 20 visits, from 14 programs, and served over 600 youth so far this summer. Our Experience Field Trips (one time visit) have introduced many children to farm animals, our pond, our […]

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Providing Professional Development for Urban Youth Workers

July 27, 2017

For the last several years, Farrington Nature Linc has offered to provide nature based trainings to the staff of the area camps and programs that visit during the summer. The goal was to find ways to encourage staff to broaden the nature experience for their campers by expanding beyond the one time visit to Farrington […]

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New Summer Staff Have Arrived!

June 29, 2017

The summer planning is going strong over at Farrington these days! We are just about to host our first visiting group and kick off the busy days ahead. Joining us in summer program leadership this summer are Kiz Ortiz-Vanger, as our new Explore Coordinator, and long-time staff member Anthony Mazzarella as our Lead Counselor.  Kiz […]

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Farrington is hiring two positions for the 2017 summer!

March 12, 2017

Farrington Nature Linc is looking for two individuals to join our summer crew in providing fun, engaging and hands-on field trips in nature for over 1,000 children this summer.  If you’d like to get outside, work with urban children in a rural setting, create curriculum or train staff, this might just be the position for […]

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