Young Mountaineers nature club, monthly Family Nature Programs, and Naturalist in a Pack backpacks have greatly expanded youth and family offerings at Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Tin Mountain summer camp has always offered great outdoor experiences for children in the area, but the additions of these new family programs and projects provide even more outside activities for children and families.  To kick off spring and better share these opportunities with the public, Tin Mountain is hosting a Family Programs Open House on Saturday, April 7th from 1-3pm at the Nature Learning Center in Albany. Come join the fun!

The Family Program Open House will provide families with a greater understanding of the range of options Tin Mountain offers Valley youth. There will be information on the summer camp program, including descriptions of the various sites, camp staff, popular activities, and the opportunity to register. There also will be information for parents on the Young Mountaineers nature club and upcoming programs in the monthly Family Nature Program series. Children are welcome and can participate in a number of activities and crafts associated with these programs. The open house is free and open to all.

Young Mountaineers is a Saturday morning nature club for children in grades 1-4. The open house will kick off the program that will continue every Saturday from 10am-noon through May. This is a great opportunity for children to explore the natural world, spend time outdoors, make new friends, and increase their knowledge of the natural world. A fee of $5/member and $7/non-member per session is requested.

Naturalist in a Pack is eight theme-based backpacks available for visitors to borrow that will enhance their exploration of the sanctuary. The packs are decked out with children’s books, field guides, scavenger hunts, focused activities, binoculars, journals, hand lenses, suggested hikes, and items specific to the various themes. Topics include Rocks & Minerals, Ponds, Trees, Birds, Mammals, Insects, Beavers, and Wildflowers. Check one out during the Family Program Open House. Join Tin Mountain for food, fun, and friends on Saturday, April 7, 1-3pm.

Tin Mountain’s Family Programs are sponsored in part by the Gibson/Woodbury Charitable Foundation and the Goldberg Charitable Foundation. Summer Camp Partners in Environmental Education include LL Bean, Saco Bound, Eastern Mountain Sports, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Mountain Garden Club, and Kiwanis. For more information call 447-6991 or visit www.tinmountain.org.