Tracks, Tales and Trails with Wendolyn Bird

Posted on Tuesday 10 March 2009

Tracks, Tales and Trails with Wendolyn Bird
by: Laurel Smith, Exploring a Sense of Place coordinator

Saturday November 21, 9:45am-12pm

Are you a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, friend, or caregiver who wants to make a positive impact on a child in your life?

Exploring a Sense of Place is delighted to offer an exploration for children hosted by the gifted, local naturalist, Wendolyn Bird (see biography below). During this special discovery of our own environment, all of us, children (5 – 10 years old) and adults, will have the opportunity to explore nature with new eyes and ears, and leave the experience with a broader and deeper meaning for “home”.

We will begin the day by gathering in a circle for lively storytelling before embarking on our adventure in nature. Children will help lead the adults on the exploration. We will end the day by sharing our adventures and enjoying a picnic lunch together.

We will be meeting at 9:45am. Please arrive a few minutes early, and bring a picnic lunch!

The exploration costs $50 for each pair (one child and one adult), and $45 for Conexions members. Space is limited to 20 people, so sign up now!
If you have questions, please contact Laurel Smith (extension 17) or Judy Cronin (extension 12) at 650.938.9300 or email,

“We think of our children as sufficiently fulfilled with technology. Yet we are finally learning that these fundamental experiences of the natural world are inherent necessities for us to reason clearly and shape a fulfilling course of human affairs in all their various contexts. Our children especially need these experiences. Yet only if found with their elders can children’s early experiences be complete.” –Thomas Berry

Wendolyn Bird is a teller of tales, music maker and guide for the young and old alike. She brings a unique and outstanding set of training and experience to all her work with young children. Her workshops and trainings for educators, caregivers and parents incorporate story, song and music. She has been running her own fully outdoor pre-school, Tender Tracks Tales and Trails, as well as her popular outdoor summer camps for older children, since 1995. Wendolyn has worked in Child-Adolescent Psychiatric Units, Juvenile Court Schools and the County Jail, and has taught for many years in schools with diverse populations.

Hooked on Nature recently published Wendolyn’s Tales from Earth to Sky, a 24 page illustrated guide and CD that includes 13 stories and accompanying songs to inspire parents and teachers when they are outdoors with their children or students. To learn more about Wendolyn and her work, visit

To register:


Register ONLINE by clicking on one of the options below.

Note: Online registrations are processed by PayPal via Conexions. PayPal account is not necessary.

REGISTRATION – Conexions non-member, for the Day ($50)
REGISTRATION – Conexions member for the Day ($45 each)

payment-and-order-form (and fax or mail).

You may also email or call:


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