Thank you, Wilderness School

The Harwinton Land Trust is happy to have had the opportunity to receive two days (7/7 & 7/8/14) of community service work from the Wilderness School of Connecticut.  The School is designed to foster self esteem, personal responsibility, and interpersonal skills of selected adolescents attending the program, run by the CT Dept. of Children and Families.  These life skills are developed through intensive outdoor experiences, such as spending many days and nights hiking long stretches of the Appalachian Trail.  As part of the program, the kids are required to perform community service work.  It was a perfect match: the Trust had plenty of trail work to be done and the School had the kids to do it.  Working with the Wilderness School was a great experience.  The counselors were awesome and the kids worked hard under their guidance.  We could see the kids becoming more enthusiastic and more confident as the days progressed.

Wilderness photo 1

Outdoor work can be fun!

The kids accomplished much in two days of work.  At Forever Forest, they cleared two views of a pretty marsh, and at Bull Pond they spread gravel over a rutty path, cleared trees and made openings through stone walls for a planned trail system.  The Trust is most grateful to have received this help, but is also gratified to have performed, at least in a small way, a social benefit.  The Trust looks forward to working with the Wildness School in the future.

Wilderness photo 2

Kids and counselors at Forever Forest.