“A child’s world is fresh and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. If a child is to keep alive their inborn sense of wonder…..one needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it with them, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” - From Rachel Carson, The Sense of WonderThe Big Backyard program is a series of seasonal, curriculum-based nature walks tailored to each elementary school’s “big backyard”. The program is designed to introduce children to many aspects of the natural world while enhancing the skills of scientific inquiry within the grade level science curriculum. Observation, learning to ask good questions, problem solving, and respect for the natural environment are emphasized throughout this program. Trained parent volunteers guide small groups of students on interactive walks to explore the fields, woods, and wetlands of the school surroundings.Click here to learn how to become involved! View the Big Backyard Trailer to see what the program is all about!