Nature in Your Neighborhood Event Shares Places and Ways to Enjoy and Appreciate All of Nature | Journal-news
MARTINSBURG – Sometimes nature can be enjoyed just down the road, in a local park or in an unexpected place.
A collaborative pilot program, Nature in the Neighborhood, has just ended and successfully shared the idea that sometimes nature is just in your own backyard.
Program events were held at the Ambrose Park Gateway Children’s Garden in Martinsburg, a park that was established with the help of the Gateway Garden Club several years ago.
This program is billed as a partnership between the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation. Funding for this free program is made possible by a grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation.
From learning about pollinators to plant life, gardening and the exciting nature of its neighborhood, Nature in the Neighborhood has allowed families to get out and experience a park that for some is right in their backyard. .
PVAS is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and enjoying the natural world through education and action. So this program was one that his staff members really enjoyed helping out with.
“It’s just lovely for us that (the park) is finally in use again,” said PVAS’ Mary Duke. “It’s wonderful that it’s open again and the fact that so many people have come and so many people are delighted that it’s open. We hope there will be continued partnership with PVAS and other organizations. It’s a great place to acclimate them to nature and activities and that sort of thing.
“Children need to get out,” said Diana Pavlik of PVAS.
Regarding the importance of children getting out and learning new things, PVAS members said it is fun to watch unfold and impact those who participate.
“It’s so exciting,” said Mary Lynn Robinson of PVAS.
“Amen to that; that’s why we’re doing this. Being able to share with the kids the joy that we have with the outside world, hopefully that will inspire them as well,” Pavlik said. You don’t have to go to a forest to access nature; you can go to your garden. You can go out and explore in your garden or in a local park. It’s all there; just go explore.
Bob Williams, Executive Director of MBCPR, was present at the events and said the collaboration between the organizations has been a positive step in raising awareness of the Ambrose Park Gateway Kindergarten.
Having a background in natural resources himself, this is an exciting program for Williams to watch unfold.
“PVAS wanted to do more with urban locations. We had a green space and it seemed like a great partnership to try something. We got a lot of positive feedback from parents and the kids love it,” Williams said. “You can take advantage of this space and learn at the same time. We are certainly excited to have this opportunity available to the community.