In response to COVID-19, Barnacles & Bees has cancelled our Free Family Nature Play Classes for the remainder of 2020. Our Nature Immersion Program is currently in session with reduced capacity.
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The chance of rain Monday was 100% with temperatures in the mid-40s as parents pulled into the parking lot of Illahee State Park to drop their kids off for school.
A heavy mist hung on the lichen laden-branches of tall cedars beneath which the children of Barnacles & Bees ( @barnaclesnbees ) outdoor education program seemed tiny dots of color in their bright rain gear.
Lead teacher Reanne Rossi led her small group down to a shelter to prepare for the day's lesson: the salmon life cycle. She reminded them of the Native Americans who have lived here since time immemorial. "Salmon to them is their life," she said.
The first activity of the day was making "salmon eggs" out of red play dough infused with scented oils. "Look another one's hatching!" said Reuben Lester, 4, showing his "egg."
Sitting beneath a cedar tree, parent mentor Kyle Kohl encouraged her small group to sniff what they could find on the ground, a pine cone, a cedar sprig.
As winter's cold has driven most people indoors, increasing the risk of COVID-19, demand for outdoor education is on the rise, said Robin Cockrel, co-founder of Barnacles & Bees and its director of education.
For the full story by reporter Chris Henry visit www.kitsapsun.com.
Click the link in the bio for a photo gallery. ( : Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)