Madigan Riplinger

Madigan Riplinger

Nature’s scribes discover strange beings at Scout Island

At a recent workshop at Scout Island kids got to combine hands-on nature fun and unique writing games.

At a recent workshop at Scout Island kids got to combine hands-on nature fun and unique writing games.

They played ‘Eagle Eye,’ transforming themselves into ‘seeking predators’ and ‘hiding prey’ on a nature walk, armed with a mystery word from Anne Theresa White’s inspiration box.

The children searched for their words while exploring, according to Jenny Noble from Scout Island.

“They had words like ‘blue’ (you’d be surprised now hard it is to find anything blue in nature this time of year), ‘swimming’ (ditto) and ‘plant’ (some people have all the luck),”  she said.

“We discovered an unexplained membrane on the water beneath the bridge, which looked like it might contain eggs, but when Julianne (one of the kids) scooped some up in a bottle it all turned to water.”

She added that naturalist Fred McMechan provided ideas and inspiration for participants when it came to putting pen to paper, and kids got to meet the mysterious ‘Word Gnome’ during their time in the the McMechan room.

There are two more playshops planned for the week of SD27’s Fall Break:  Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scout Island.   Kids aged 7-14 are welcome to join a no-pressure exploration of writing about what they see and feel.

Cost is $10 per session.  Please bring your lunch and dress for the weather.   Word Gnomes and Muse Stuffies welcome.

Please register by phoning 250-398-8532 or emailing Neptune@goldcity.net