1. “Plant Medicine” Lecture and Nature Walk – Stratford – December 16
2. Sensory Friendly Christmas Village Program – Vienna – December 16
3. Kid Healthy Ideas Program – Various Locations – Multiple Dates Beginning January 3
4. Virginia Outdoor Writers Association High School Writing Competition – Submission Deadline Is February 9

 

1. “Plant Medicine” Lecture and Nature Walk – Stratford – December 16

Stratford Hall
Stratford, Virginia

Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost: $20/person. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Learn about the medicines contained in many of the easily found and identifiable plants that grow right here in northern Virginia. Herbalist Heather Bedford will present a basic primer on how to find and use plants to help ease a variety of conditions. She will also lead a wild plant walk and forage, and demonstrate how to turn plants into medicine with a few common grocery store items.

To register, contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or jbachman@stratfordhall.org.

 

2. Sensory Friendly Christmas Village Program – Vienna – December 16

McLean Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, Virginia

Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. An RSVP is requested through the EventBrite form provided at the website. Cost: Free of charge, but a donation of a small-to-medium sized gift for children would be welcome. Childcare is not provided.

McLean Bible Church will present a fun, kid-friendly, Christmas Village event at their Tysons Campus. Activities include a giant obstacle course, bounce houses, crafts, face painting, a Christmas carousel, a live nativity presentation, and much, much more. See the website for more information and to submit your RSVP.

 

3. Kid Healthy Ideas Program – Various Locations – Multiple Dates Beginning January 3

This grocery store field trip, geared towards students in grades 4 through 8, reinforces healthy ideas for being a healthy kid. From fun ways to wake up in the morning to staying hydrated, students will learn a number of healthy habits. They will also use MyPlate to understand the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet. The Kid Healthy Ideas program promotes the importance of personal care, physical exercise, and caring for our planet. Highlights of the field trip will include how labels help identify healthy foods, the importance of vitamins and minerals, principles for balanced meals, and how personal choices affect the world we live in.

There is no cost for this educational, interactive field trip, but educators are responsible for transporting students to and from the field trip site. One-hour trips are designed for student groups in grades pre-K through third, and ninety-minute trips for students in grades four through six. Group size accommodations may vary by store. See booking form for details (last tab on the right). Note: Because store staff members are taking time away from their regular duties to provide this service, it is preferable for the group size to be at least 7 (includes toddlers and parents). Also, moms with babies are encouraged not to use strollers or shopping carts to carry their little ones during the field trip in order to keep the aisles relatively clear for shoppers.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call a Field Trip Factory customer service representative at 1-800-987-6409.  

 

4. Virginia Outdoor Writers Association High School Writing Competition – Submission Deadline Is February 9

The Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Inc. is sponsoring the 25th Annual High School Writing Competition for 2017-2018. The goal of the competition is to reward high school students for excellence in communicating their personal experiences in the outdoors.

The competition is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12. The theme of this year’s competition is based on a memorable outdoor experience. Any experience by the writer with hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, birding, or other outdoor activity should be the predominant subject matter. No athletic event or competition is an eligible subject matter.

Prizes of $150, $100, and $50, respectively, will be awarded to for the top three essays. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association membership meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 24, 2018.

Entries should be written in a Microsoft Word file and submitted via email attachment. The submission deadline is February 9, 2018.

For more information, contact Myron Brubaker at m22brubaker@gmail.com.