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Walk & Whittle

Join Dragonfly Field Labs as we learn how to safely use knives! We will whittle a walking stick or "forest poker" and then take it for a hike.

Activities include:

  • Learning how to safely use a knife or wood peeler

  • Learning how and why to whittle

  • Creating a walking stick or a "forest poker" (a stick good for poking into things during a hike)

  • Go on a hike to explore the forest and learn about the native and invasive plants in the woods

This program is appropriate for kids Ages 5-17. Each ticket purchased is for a program participant. If your child is able to grip a pencil, they can grip a blade. I have taught kids as young as 4 how to whittle using a wood peeler(vegetable peeler). As long as it is done safely, using a blade can give kids a sense of independence and responsibility, as well as to help train motor skills and focus and calm the mind.


This is not a drop off program. The length is approximately 90 minutes, but you may stay after the program to explore the park. Please wear bug spray and closed toed shoes for walking.

To book this program for your group, please email Lizzy at

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