Mission & Vision

Vision

Strong kids, healthy planet.

Mission

Provide meaningful education outdoors along the Merrimack River Watershed and nearby coastal waters to inspire a lifelong connection to land and sea.

Three-Year Strategic Vision

In November 2011, we envisioned that by 2014, we will have a permanent home with land, and continued water access, that allows us to organically expand our programs to serve children and families in our greater Newburyport community.

During fall 2013, we renewed our strategic plan and will share our future vision soon!

Often we are asked, “What do you actually do at Merrohawke Nature School?” The answer appears simple at first glance: we play with kids outside. We do so in all weather in all habitats in all seasons, all in celebration our our unique corner of the New England coastline. That’s right–rain, snow, sun, fog, winter, summer, fall, spring, rivers, oceans, saltmarshes, sandy beaches, mudflats, deep ocean, maritime forests, vernal pools and broad green lawns and meadows. We dig holes to China, build epic sandcastles and fairycastles, catch our dinner and chase shadows in discovery of own inner wild selves as we reconnect kids to nature, each other, and themselves. We encourage youth to make connections to the earth on their own terms, and we seek to inspire this connection to last their whole lifetime, and beyond. We do this all through a complex, multi-layered educational model that dates back thousands of years through the context of a maritime lens that suits our community best.

Are we environmental educators? Sort of…. but not exactly. Outdoor educators? Sort of…. but not exactly. We walk beside those we share time with as mentors, not teachers. We aim to connect with both heart and mind. We inspire curiosity versus just fill up on facts. We invest our time into and care deeply about all who cross our path. We think seven generations ahead. We are on the forming edge of a new model of nature-based learning that is rooted in ancient traditions and emerging in practice globally by many very good folks equally passionate about kids and nature.

 We invite you to get involved in what we do!

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