Historical Society Receives Grant from Stewart’s Shops
Warwick, NY (WHS) – The Warwick Historical Society has received a grant from Stewarts Shops Holiday Match Program for the enhancement of a Nature Play Area at Baird’s Tavern.
The Warwick Historical Society (WHS) is partnering with HERoes in Deed to install a nature play area at Baird’s Tavern which is located on Main Street in the Village of Warwick. Baird’s Tavern is one of 12 properties owned by the Society.
HERoes in Deed is inspired by the memory of Army Lieutenant Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, a Warwick High School student and West Point graduate who was killed in Afghanistan on June 8, 2013. Jaimie’s drive to make the world a better place is the force behind their mission. Jaimie’s sister Liz Harman, President of the Board of HERoes in Deed identified this project as one her sister would have supported and that it would honor her memory in an appropriate manner.
Extensive research has been done on the benefits of Nature Play with children as well as the benefits of nature with veterans. Veteran’s dealing with PTSD have found that connecting with nature is an effective and highly positive practice that allows for moments of peace that are sometimes hard to find. The calming effects of nature can provide mental health improvements as well as physical improvements that can benefit veterans by easing systems of PTSD along with depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
Some of the many benefits of a Nature Play Area for children are:
- Supports creativity and problem solving
- Enhances cognitive abilities
- Improves academic performance
- Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms
- Increases physical activity. Children who experience diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another and more creative
- Improves eyesight
- Improves social relations. Children will be smarter, better able to get along with others, healthier and happier when they have regular opportunities for free and unstructured play in the out-of-doors
- Improves self-discipline
- Reduces stress. Green plants and vistas reduce stress among highly stressed children.
According to the Child and Nature Network “an expanding body of scientific evidence suggests that nature-deficit disorder contributes to a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, conditions of obesity, and higher rates of emotional and physical illnesses. Research also suggests that the nature-deficit weakens ecological literacy and stewardship of the natural world.” A secondary goal of this nature area is to help create young stewards of the land by raising an awareness of the benefits of nature.
The design for the Nature Area was created as an in-kind service by a Landscape Designer from the NYC Parks System. Local landscaper, Rich Valentino has committed his services at no cost. A Project Coordinator has been identified from the local veteran community to oversee the project and the VFW has offered to recruit volunteers from its membership to assist with the creation and maintenance of the area.
“The grant from Stewarts Shop will help us move forward in the creation of the Nature Area which we hope to have open this Spring,” said Lisa-Ann Weisbrod, Executive Director. She went on to express her appreciation of Stewart’s Shop commitment to assisting local charities benefiting children.
Founded in 1906, the Warwick Historical Society’s mission has been to preserve and celebrate the vibrant history of the Town of Warwick and its people, and engage our communities through a variety of programs aimed at developing an understanding and appreciation of our unique historic heritage.
For more information, or to become a member of the Warwick Historical Society, please call 845.986.3236, ext 106 or visit www.whsny.org.
What Lies Beneath?
Warwick, NY (WHS): A 15×20 foot stone building? Buried 6 feet underground? A hidden chimney? Two hidden cisterns? A GPR-located buried mystery feature? Hundreds of artifacts? Could it be that the Warwick Historical Society’s SHINGLEDIG team has unearthed important, even unprecedented, new information about the colonial days of Shingle House? And if so, when will they share it with the public? All of these questions will be answered on Sunday, March 26 at 2pm at “SHINGLEDIG: SEASON THREE”, featuring finds, photos and information from the 2016 digging season at Shingle House, along with the 2016 well-dig and summer camp at Baird’s Tavern.
For “OAK ISLAND” fans The SHINGLEDIG team has not found: THE HOLY GRAIL – SHAKESPEARE’S MANUSCRIPTS – PIRATE TREASURE – ANY LINK TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
SORRY ABOUT THAT!