The second annual MUD Day was a wonderful success! Thank you to the amazing organizers, volunteers, and donors! If you missed the fun, you can look at the schedule below to see some of the activities. Its not too soon to pencil us in for 2012, the third Saturday in May at Muddy Brook!
2011 Mud Day – May 21st
The Second Annual Mud Day, Muddy Brook’s very own celebration of spring, green living, and the outdoor classroom will be taking place on Saturday, May 21st from 10am – 2pm.
The day pulls key themes from the school mission… things like joyful curiosity, seriously considering big ideas, respect, and community connection, all while offering the opportunity to step out of the box…for teachers and students alike. Started last year, Mud Day is a school event intended to involve all students and their families, all teachers and staff, and the community at large. It is an attempt at volunteerism, hands on learning, and a demonstration of the beautiful marriage between nature and learning. It’s also a nod to our lovely “fifth” season here in the Berkshires – gloriously squishy, messy and mushy MUD!
Mud Day Events
- “Creation imagination” including a tie-dye station, canvas bag decoration, chopstick pinwheels, and flower making
- “Getting muddy” with the Project Sprout Open Garden, pond exploration, mud pies and mud play (mud slinging IS allowed)
- “Keep on moving” with a self guided fitness trail, outdoor yoga class, tug of war, hike, playground games, and also a bike rodeo at the High School (see below)
- “Reduce and reuse” with a book sale, handmade paper bookmarks, and a pre-loved sporting goods/outerwear sale
- “Fun in the sun” with sand bag toss, scavenger hunt, (mud) egg and spoon race and “guess how many”.
- “Sing and dance” with performances by Jay Mankita, Terry a la Berry, the Mud Day Players, the Morris Dancers, and a chance to strut your own stuff during the open mic hour.
- Pond exploration with Mass Audubon and Muddy Brook teachers
- Wood raffle and wood chips courtesy of JLH Outdoor Services
- Pruning demo courtesy of Webster Ingersoll
- Info tables for Berkshire Mycological Society, Housatonic Valley Association, Native Habitat Restoration, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Berkshire Bee, Berkshire Grown, Alpine Solar Heat and Hot Water, Keep Farming, C.E.T., Berkshire Museum, Project Native, and Flying Cloud Institute
- Free bike helmets and raffle for free bicycle (Bike Rodeo @ MMRHS)
Science demonstrations and musical performances by Muddy Brook students.
Delicious and healthy food, courtesy of local restaurants and generous donations from the Co-op, Guidos, Eat Up, Big Y, Stop-n-Shop, Price Chopper, Trader Joes, Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Barrington Bagel, and EnA cafe.
Bike Rodeo & Family Safety Day
(being held concurrently at Monument Mountain Regional HS)
- Bike Rodeo – let the bike doctor tune up your bike, complete a course, get a certificate
- Free helmets!!
- Drawing for a free bicycle
- Fire dept – smoke house
- Police Dept – drunk driving goggles and canine demo
- Ambulance squad: tour of an ambulance
- CHP: blood pressure checks with their mobile van
- Senior Center: info of senior services
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Corey Sprague at l.com