Hearty Roots will be offering its first-ever “Mini Roots” session for boys and girls ages 7-9 at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road, Jefferson. The camp will run from 9 a.m. on Friday, March 16 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Campers will spend the night in one of the cabins at Midcoast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center, a 1,000-acre preserve with nearly 30 miles of trails and frontage on Little Dyer Pond.
Mini Roots offers an opportunity for younger kids to get a sneak peek of what a session of Hearty Roots is all about. Mindfulness, resiliency, and self-esteem gained through immersion in the outdoors are the core principles of Hearty Roots. The camp blends outdoor recreation, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking, with mindfulness-based practices, such as yoga and meditation.
On Friday, March 16, a teacher in-service day for some districts, kids will learn cross-country skiing and yoga skills with backcountry gurus and youth counselors. After a night in a cabin, the fun will continue the next day until 11 a.m. Hearty Roots programs operate in small groups intentionally, to allow for close relationships, so spots in the camp are limited. The cost for the program is $105. To register, email camp director Haley Bezon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 242-1434.