Kingman Explorers Get Treewise

November 18, 2021

By Keombré McLaughlin, Living Classrooms Foundation

KINGMAN ISLAND, WASHINGTON, DC. — Kingman Island’s scenery and greenery are beautiful, but its capacity to be a living classroom is incomparable to anything else. Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (NCR) has teamed up with Casey Trees to bring little explorers a special four-part session of the Kingman Explorers program.

During the onset of the pandemic, nearly all students in Washington, DC were learning virtually, and field trips were not permitted. In response to these necessary safety measures, the Kingman Explorers program was created. Determined to reduce learning loss and provide students with resources, Teresa Martin and the NCR team offered family field trip style programs. Initially, Kingman Explorers was only offered on Wednesday evenings, but it was so popular with the community that morning and afternoon sessions were added to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.

“The primary goal was to get youth outdoors and connected to nature. We wanted to support parents and caregivers in teaching children about the environment, so we limited teaching to demonstrating how to explore and then let kids explore with their families, sharing cool discoveries with the whole group.”

This month’s sessions focus on everything trees, giving students the opportunity to get “TreeWise” through hands-on learning. At the session, each junior explorer was given a tree-trunk nametag, an activity book and a magnifying glass. These kits were all they needed to complete all the activities.

Students are not the only ones enjoying Kingman Explorers though, when asked the initiative, Teresa said,

“My favorite part of Kingman Explorers is seeing kids’ curiosity spark their parents’ curiosity too. When the kids are excited about something new, the parents can participate in that and learn something too. I also really love the days when we all get muddy together.”

The final sessions of Kingman Explorers: TreeWise will take place on December 1st and December 8th at Kingman Island in Washington, DC.

If you and your little explorer cannot join us before the end of this year, stay tuned! Starting in January, Living Classrooms NCR will have special winter programs once a month. The Kingman Explorers program has also been awarded a Community Stormwater Solutions grant from the District Department of the Environment and Chesapeake Bay Trust, so it will return in March 2022. If you would like to keep up with Kingman and Heritage Island events, click here to view the Kingman Events Calendar.