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High School students play a game on the Quarrybrook field at a previous event. Courtesy photo.




Active in the Outdoors Community Event

When: Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center, 39 Roulston Road, Windham
Cost: Free
Visit: quarrybrook.org




Outdoor activities
Quarrybrook gets active in the outdoors

06/18/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



The Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center in Windham is celebrating the beginning of its summer season with a free Active in the Outdoors community event on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families and individuals are invited to explore the Quarrybrook property and join in a day of games, guided hikes and all things outdoors.

“We wanted to give the community an opportunity to see Quarrybrook and use the beautiful woods and everything we have to offer here,” Meghan Lemke, the center’s education administrator, said. “People can come, bring their picnic lunches, be outside with family and friends, meet other people from their community and just embrace this beautiful summer.”
Quarrybrook educators will lead a total of four hikes through the property woods. Beginning at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., and 12:15 p.m., there will be an all-ages hike with very easy terrain that takes 45 minutes to complete. Lemke said people can even bring heavy-duty strollers on this one. The advanced hike will launch at 11:15 a.m. and is open to adults and teens 14 and older. This one, with more challenging terrain, leads hikers to the far end of the property and takes an hour-and-a-half to complete. Lemke said though the hikes are just for enjoyment and aren’t geared toward seeing any specific plants or wildlife, hikers should keep their eyes open.
“We’re really just trying to get people outside, to explore and see what they can find and learn,” Lemke said, “but we do have a mama and baby owls … and we just saw one of the babies out and about for the first time out of the nest, so hopefully we’ll be able to spot them while we are out there [on the hikes].”
In the Quarrybrook field, there will be games for all ages happening throughout the day, including kickball, capture the flag, soccer and more. At 11 a.m., a guest yoga instructor will lead an outdoor youth yoga class appropriate for kids ages 5 and over. Younger children can try out the kids’ obstacle course built for the event.
Active in the Outdoors is Quarrybrook’s June community event. The center has been hosting monthly community events on every third Saturday since February, with outdoor activities that make the most of the season. Previous events have included  snow hikes, learning about maple syrup, an Earth Day celebration and an aquatic pond dip.
“As we know in New England, we don’t get sunny days all year long,” Lemke said, “so we thought June is the best time to get everyone outdoors, to utilize our fields and sandpits and woods, and be active in the warm, beautiful sunshine.”
 
As seen in the June 18, 2015 issue of the Hippo. 





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