skunk, opossum, owl, milk snake, box turtle, and a box full of Madagascar
Hissing Cockroaches were some of the special guests at the "Adventures
in Nature" class sponsored by CCF this fall. As part of its
educational mission, the Carlisle Conservation Foundation underwrote
a course offered to elementary school children through the Carlisle
Recreation Department. Teacher-naturalist Susan Vecchi from Mass.
Audubon's Drumlin Farm brought a different animal each week and
conducted related activities and games during eight after-school
sessions for 14 participants. The Conant Land was home for their
adventures such as exploration at Fishtail Pond, collecting mice
habitat at Castle Rock, and pretending to have dim vision on the
trails like a skunk.
Carmichael, a 5th grade participant, wrote: “Sometimes we
had to put on blindfolds and use our other senses. Another time,
we had to experience what it was like to have no thumbs by taping
our thumbs to our hands. It was cool. The nature program is the