On Saturday, March 11th , Big Brothers Big Sisters partnered with Indian River County Parks Division to better connect Big Brothers Big Sisters families to their community and each other. Big Brothers Big Sisters families were treated to a nature walk and scavenger hunt. The nature walk was led by an Indian River County Parks biologist. Families ventured into the woods at Round Island Park in hopes of seeing some of the beautiful wildlife and scenery. After a brief walk through the woods, the trail opened up to a beautiful view deck where families saw pelicans, fish, and mangrove trees. For the majority of our families, this was the very first time they had visited Round Island Park. Giving children and families new experiences and meaningful learning opportunities better prepares them for future success. Round Island Park is known as a popular gathering spot for manatees and dolphins, however; families did not spot any. One parent said, “It is okay that we did not see any manatees today, it gives us a reason to come back as a family.”
After the nature walk, families enjoyed a wonderful picnic meal from RJL Foodtruck. As families enjoyed dinner together, they shared experiences from the day and enjoyed each other’s company. Every family left the event with a raffle gift and every child left the event with a non-fiction book about manatees and a stuffed manatee.
This event, part of the Family Links to Learning program, seeks to bring families together and provide free hands on learning experiences for all involved. We believe that by better connecting families to their community and by giving families meaningful learning experiences, a stronger family connection is created. The Family Links to Learning Program is made possible by the Indian River Community Foundation. Big Brothers Big Sisters grandparent, Lori E., says “We really learned a lot about nature. It was great for children to hear about the importance of taking care of the environment. “ We have many more fun learning experiences planned for our families, thanks to the support of many outstanding community partners.