Hansville Greenway Update

A very important educational program that the Hansville Greenway Association has been involved in for more than 20 years is the environmental education field trip for 4th grade students in the North Kitsap School district.  Nine years ago the school district removed the popular field trips from the district’s budget because of the increased cost for the bus transportation to the Greenway.  Each elementary school was then required to use their building budget, or raise funds through donations for the trip, resulting  in some schools being unable to participate.  A generous grant to the Hansville Greenway Association in 2008 has allowed the program to continue through this year with funding to include all of the elementary schools. Unless additional funds are raised the program will not continue.  Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Hansville Greenway’s 4th Grade field trip program.

Mary Pitroff has been coordinating the educational trail hikes and is in need of another person to help her co-lead. The leaders are responsible for getting three presenters for each field trip ~ “the meadow”, “the forest” and “the pond”.  The hikes are conducted from 10 am until noon and the students are divided into three groups.  The classroom teachers and parent volunteers accompany the students. The coordinators provide the presenters and then guide the groups through a rotation so each group gets to hear each presenter.  The field trip program has been very successful in that the students get a hands on experience outside of the classroom.  If you would like to help, please contact Mary Pitroff at 860-1341, or Mike Szerlog at 360-882-0470.  You can learn more on our website, hansvillegreenway.org.

The next Hansville Greenway meeting will be Thursday, February 2nd , 7:00 pm, at the Greater Hansville Community Center, Buck Lake Park.  We would encourage anyone who would like to help out on the Greenway to come to the meeting and let us know you would like to be involved.  Hope to see you there.