Walking field trip training set for May 19 at Jamestown Renaissance Corporation

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Audubon wants people to get outside and connect with nature. The Chautauqua Health Network wants people to get outside and exercise. These missions are being combined to create the walking field trip.

Instead of boarding a bus and driving to a distant location, organize a group and walk to a closer destination. What the leader does along the way can be tied to an organization’s mission or curriculum.

From 6-9 p.m. on Monday, May 19, staff from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary will show participants how to lead a walking field trip. The training will take place at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, 119-121 West Third Street, in downtown Jamestown.

The program will begin indoors with an overview of what a walking field trip is and how to get a program started. Then participants will take a sample walking field trip along the Riverwalk in downtown Jamestown.

The focus will be on nature along the way, with a prop bag developed for that purpose. On the return, there will be discussion about how the trip met participants’ missions or curriculae.

After filling out evaluations, each participant will receive an assignment to take a group of people to the Riverwalk on a Walking Field trip sometime before the end of September, and report back how it went. A prop bag can be provided.

A light dinner of sandwich, chips, and beverage will be provided at the training.

Thanks to a grant from the Chautauqua Health Network, this program is being offered at no charge.

For more information or to register for the training, call Jennifer or Katie at 569-2345, email, or click through the Program Listing at

Reservations are required by Thursday, May 15, to order food and make enough handouts. Please specify sandwich choice.