The Warwick Valley Community Center, located at 11 Hamilton Ave. in Warwick, will celebrate the second anniversary of the creation of the 3 Pines Nature Place on Wed., Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Visitors will take a late afternoon stroll through the Nature Place, which has gone from an intriguing idea to a stone, sand and wood reality. Refreshing treats just picked from the Community Garden will be available for snacking.
After the stroll, visitors are invited inside for a quick review of where 3 Pines came from and more importantly, where we are going. The event will be held rain or shine.
The Community Center this year worked with 15 students from the OCCC Architectural Design 2 Class at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering to imagine different features at 3 Pines, based on the study of animal habitats. The results are creative, provocative and fun. The staff will present a power point of the project and Pamela Rice-Woytowick, Associate Professor of Architecture, will be on hand to answer any questions.
3 Pines has been awarded a Placemaking Recognition Grant from the Orange County Citizens Foundation and the Center is looking for ways to share and seed what has been learned about community-building through nature play with other towns and villages.
Opportunities for partnerships with the Warwick Valley Middle School and High School Architectural Design Departments are anticipated.
There are deep connections between nature play and the physical, social and emotional development of children and youth. Throughout the last year the Center has hosted several nature programs, mothers’ playgroups and programs for homeschoolers. Observation shows that a child who plays in nature has an endless amount of benefits.
The community is invited to come to this celebration and perhaps find a way to become involved or make a donation.