YMCA of Jefferson County and BLM host educational excursions

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Posted 7/22/21

The YMCA of Jefferson County along with Black Lives Matter of Jefferson County is hosting a series of excursions over the summer.

“The Y’s goal is to make sure that all kids get the …

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YMCA of Jefferson County and BLM host educational excursions

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The YMCA of Jefferson County along with Black Lives Matter of Jefferson County is hosting a series of excursions over the summer.

“The Y’s goal is to make sure that all kids get the chance to play, learn, and grow in the outdoors – especially here on the Olympic Peninsula,” said Olympic Peninsula YMCA CEO Wendy Bart in a recent press release.

“These excursions are a wonderful collaboration with BLMJC and are a great way to provide access to education about the natural world in a safe and affirming environment,” Bart added.

This series is designed to create an equitable learning experience for BIPOC families with children ages 3 to 12. Each of the excursions this summer will be taught or co-led by BIPOC facilitators and educators.

The first BIPOC Family Outdoor Educational Excursion took place Thursday, July 8 at Fort Townsend, where a group of families gathered in traditional territory of the S’Klallam and Chimacum people. They joined in a nature walk with Nahaan, an artist, storyteller, and Tlingit language facilitator. Exploring the forest together, participants learned Tlingit words for local plants and Nahaan told stories to provide an indigenous worldview.  

“Seeing families learning together and existing in nature was incredibly profound. In this time, and in this dominating Eurocentric culture we live in, merely being present in nature, especially with community, is radical,” said Azurite Nuray, the Director of Equity in Education and the Arts for BLMJC.

The next excursion is scheduled for Thursday, July 22 and will take place at Woodbridge Farms in Chimacum. Excursions are also planned for Thursday, Aug. 5 and Thursday,
Aug. 19.

People interested in attending a BIPOC Family Outdoor Education Excursion can contact the YMCA of Jefferson County at 360-385-5811, ext. 202 or register using forms.office.com/r/EAnRS5JcQJ.

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