Big Backyard Program

The Big Backyard Program is a series of nature walks on the Estabrook property and adjacent conservation lands which are an integral part of Lexington Public Schools’ K-5 science curriculum. In each grade, walks are topically linked to classroom units and emphasize observation, asking questions, problem solving, learning about the natural world, and respect for the environment.

BBY walks take place during the school day, with most grades scheduling three walks per year: fall, winter, and spring. This program depends on parent volunteers to lead groups (usually 4-5 students, including your own child). No previous experience necessary, and first time volunteers are always welcome. Our trainers (also parent volunteers) provide walk-specific trainings outside of school hours (weekends & before school) that set you up to successfully lead each walk. Big Backyard is a wonderful way to support the classroom teachers and interact with students.

An optional, fun district-wide program overview, with hands-on activities, will be held Tuesday Sept 17, 7-9pm or Wed Sept 18, 9:30-11:30am at the LPS district office (146 Maple St. – lower level classroom). Before each grade’s walk, Estabrook’s BBY coordinators will lead trainings at Estabrook for parent volunteers.

Classroom teachers circulate volunteer sign up links by email a few weeks before each walk. Plan ahead by saving the dates for the walks for your child(ren)’s classes! Click here for the complete 2019-2020 Big Backyard Schedule.

Please note: Volunteers must have a valid CORI on file for this and any other activities involving students. CORIs take up to 3 weeks to be processed, so apply now for your CORI clearance so that you can participate in this fun activity with your child’s class!

BBY questions? estabrookbbyard@gmail.com