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IMG_79622017 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 garden, the woods, and even to a new water color art project. Our rabbits and baby goat have been big hits!

We’ve also held 4 overnights so far this summer, despite sleeping in the barn because of rain for 2 of them. Thankfully, the rain jackets we purchased this summer (Thank you Boston Bruins Foundation!) worked great! Having them on hand has allowed us to go outside every day no matter the weather!

In addition, we have 3 summer Explore partners this summer: Cambridge Adventure Daycamp, Daybreak Camp, and Charlesview Community. Each group came out for multiple visits over the course of the summer. In addition to our usual summer Experience activities, the Explore campers get to pick a Nature Club of their choice, themed around Animals, Water, Garden, or Forest. We’re looking forward to our final visits from CADC and Daybreak next week, with cookouts and obstacle courses in the works.

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PBHA- FIO Staff Member at Farrington

PBHA- FIO Staff Member at Farrington

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 and making play in nature a bigger part of their whole summer program.

As the summer approached this year, a couple of our partner organizations, United South End Settlements and Phillips Brooks House Association, asked us to come and share our experience by teaching the skills of engaging with youth in nature wherever they may be.

Each workshop we ran focused on the mental and physical benefits of taking youth outside beyond the playground. We dove into the tried and true techniques we use both on our property at Farrington and in the playgrounds and parks where we run our after school programs.

Then, training participants had the opportunity to share the challenges they face in taking children outside and brainstorm with their peers about creating solutions to those problems. Since our spring workshops, we’ve seen many of the staff we trained out at Farrington. We were overjoyed to see how many are working hard to bring what they learned in their workshops to their youth in their camps.

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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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February School Vacation 2017 Wrap- Up

March 10, 2017

This year’s February Vacation Week was our biggest ever.  We had 8 groups visit us, almost all returning from last year. Returning February Vacation Week Groups included Tenacity, Cambridge Community Center, East End House, Malden Family Housing (twice), and Brookview House while our new February Vacation Week Groups were Waltham Boys and Girls Club and […]

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2016 Summer Program Wrap Up

October 21, 2016

Another summer has come and gone, and while the leaves change, we wanted to share a brief recap of our summer program.   This July and August, our 9 youth staff, Lead Counselor, and Program Director (plus 3 additional staff members on call) served 1,076 youth. More than the volume of youth on the property, though, […]

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Shire/Boston Cares Work Day

October 14, 2016

On October 7 a group of employees from Shire Pharmaceuticals came out to Farrington for a work day. Boston Cares helped coordinate the day and provided supplies for our projects. With the help of the 25 volunteers we painted the Activity Barn floor, painted our newly winterized program space walls and cut back foliage from […]

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Fairy Festival 2016 Pictures!

May 6, 2016

Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and attendees for helping to make Farrington’s 2016 Fairy Festival a success. It was a full day of fairy fun for our visitors. We made terrariums and fairy bells (or wands depending on the fairy who was crafting!) There were solar prints made capturing nature on paper with […]

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First Parish Work Day 2016

May 6, 2016

On Saturday, April 16th First Parish Lincoln held a service day at Farrington. Once again they helped us Wake Up the Garden and get the property ready for our spring and summer visiting youth. We accomplished so many things in a short period of time due to their strength and spirit! The pictures in the […]

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Spring Program Round Up

May 5, 2016

This spring has been a wonderfully busy few months at Farrington Nature Linc.  Through our Explore Programs, April Vacation Experience programs, and a couple of new Experience programs, both on and off our property, we’ve served 472 youth in March and April.  A couple of highlights are included below. Explore Programs: We completed three different […]

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