Eco Adventure Children's Program

Daily to Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:30 PM

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Children ages 7-11 are invited to come and experience wonder through nature exploration, art, gardening, play, music, dance and storytelling on the beautiful grounds of Rolling Ridge.

During our interactive days together, experienced program leaders and trained Eco-guides will lead groups of young learners through the various eco-systems at the Ridge and instill an appreciation of God’s gift of nature. 

Do you love nature?  Do you love working with kids?  Consider serving as an Eco-Guide during Eco-Adventure.  Eco-Guides must be 15 years or older, and will work with experienced program leaders in facilitating activities and leading a small group of children to the various stations.  Application and Reference forms below.

Volunteer Application
Volunteer Reference Form

About the leader(s)

Karen Kilty

Karen is a spiritual director, retreat and yoga leader and faith formation educator. She has a great passion for nurturing the awareness of God’s love, presence and promise in peoples lives.

As the Director of Children’s Ministries at Old North Church of Marblehead, Karen shares sacred stories, scripture, reading, creative play and art to lead the youngest of us to God’s grace.
Karen has enjoyed planning Eco Adventure and looks forward to exploring God’s Creation this summer at Rolling Ridge.


As a graduate of Gateways to God, Spiritual Direction Program and Congregational Formation at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center and the Soul of Leadership program, through Excutive Soul and the Shalem Institute, Karen has deepened her understanding of body, mind and spirit, offering this to those seeking a companion on their walk in faith.

Emily Strong

Emily is the Lead Gardener of the Giving Garden at Rolling Ridge, which brings together volunteers of all ages and faiths to grow fresh, healthy vegetables for food pantries in the Greater Lawrence area. The Giving Garden is coordinated by South Church in Andover.  Emily is also a maintenance groundskeeper at Rolling Ridge, making what is already beautiful MORE beautiful.

Her work at the Giving Garden includes teaching kids and new gardeners about organic, sustainable methods, the importance of soil health, and protecting the diversity of pollinators and beneficial insects. She also designs and installs perennial and native plant gardens both at Rolling Ridge and in the community. Emily has a Masters degree in Public Health and an interest in promoting the connection between healthy people and healthy ecosystems. When not gardening, she is often coaching youth soccer, camping with her family, or just shuttling her 3 kids around town.

Denise Turcotte

Denise Turcotte, csc is a Sister of Holy Cross and resides in Manchester, NH. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch New England. She taught Environmental Science and Intro to Earth Science at Notre Dame College, worked as a naturalist in Franconica Notch State Park for two summers, was Director of New Dawn
Earth Center in Cumberland RI for 6 years. She has worked in varying capacities at NH Audubon offering programs to school children of various ages. My passion is sharing my love of nature with others