Woo-Hoo! It’s back!! Our October Halloween-Hayride Walk for youth will take place on Sunday, October 23rd from 10:00am – 1:00pm on Merlin Nature Preserve. Wear your Halloween costumes & get ready for fun!
Theme TBD! Led by Merlin community philosopher Mitch Conway, this walk will involve exploration, thinky-stuff, imagination, and all sorts of fun storytelling (with special guests Martin Richard & Mike Chapman)! Plus…a hayride, hot apple cider, baked goodies & more!
Attendance by adults/parents/grandparents/siblings etc. is encouraged/welcome. FREE ($10 suggested donation per child). Bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Due to nature preserve logistics, registration and/or confirmation of attendance for our Halloween-Hayride Walk is required.Space is limited.
When & Where
This hayride-walk led by philosopher Mitch Conway with special guests Martin Richard & Mike Chapman will take place on Sunday, October 23rd 2022. Wear your costumes!
Date:Sunday, October 23rd Time: 10am – 1pm MT (please arrive by 9:45am) Location: Merlin Nature Preserve (See Directions Below)
RSVP: Stay Tuned… Cost: Free (Suggested Donation $10 per child) Other: Wear your costumes, bring comfortable walking shoes, a blanket/warm gear, water & a snack
Directions to Merlin Nature Preserve: Our group will meeting in the Silver City Saloon parking lot located at 6042 Lincoln Road West. From there we will take a hayride to Merlin Nature Preserve (approx. 3.5 miles from the SCS parking lot). To reach the Silver City Saloon parking lot from Helena, take either the 15, N. Montana Ave. or Green Meadow Drive to Lincoln Rd. Turn left onto Lincoln Road & head west (toward Marysville/Canyon Creek). Drive roughly 6.5 miles. Silver City Saloon will be on your right hand side. Click here for google maps directions. Please plan on arriving approx. 15 minutes before hike/walk start time. For more information about the meandering, please contact Marisa at #406-439-5788 or e-mail [email protected]
Mitch Conway is a Community Philosopher at Merlin CCC and a branch facilitator/educator at Cottonwood ALC. A student of philosophy, a theater maker, and a teacher who cares ardently about empowering young learners, his work has often been an interweaving of education, story, and inquiry. At the BIRD Theatre in Tottori, Japan, among other productions, he collaborated with Korean group TUIDA to create The Poetry Class about the colonial period and Pacific war; he also directed students at Kei Ai High School in Romeo & Juliet. Using applied theater, he performed with Village Playback Theatre creating improvisations from audience members’ personal stories, and for a three month residency he taught embodied methods of community dialogue through the Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia. He has also taught theater to elementary school students at 82nd St. Academics and middle school students at Summer Institute for the Gifted.
For a year, he taught at the English Immersion Program in Umphium Mai refugee camp on the Thailand-Myanmar border using a curriculum based in literature and critical thinking. With the New York Foundling at Queens College, Mitch supervised the academic component of The Dorm Project, a program supporting youth in foster care through college.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mitch has recently presented at the North Eastern Philosophy of Education Society (NEPES) and Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) conferences. He also relishes walking in the forest.
Mitch helps facilitate several of our philosophy in the community programs and helps to design/oversee some of our programs for youth.
You will receive a confirmation of your RSVP shortly after you register via e-mail. As the walk date approaches, we will contact you with any additional relevant information. If you do NOT receive an e-mail shortly after registering, please contact [email protected].
For those who have not been on our Halloween-Hayride walks before, you can get a feel for our walks and what they’re all about by visiting our walk archive page. In the meantime, here is a logistical snapshot.
Here is a general overview of what you can expect on this walk:
Free to the Public ($10 suggested donation welcome/appreciated)
3 hours round-trip (hayride for good portion & approx. 1.5 mile total flat surface walking)
Outdoor classroom alongside a pond and old homestead
Approx. 17-19 people maximum (due to trailer logistics)
Ample opportunity to enjoy nature casually
To get the most out of your experience with us and enjoy a healthy & safe walk, please bring with you on the day of the walk/hike:
Wear your costumes (adults too!!)
Water & Snack (we will have fresh baked goodies & hot apple cider for everyone)
Donations help to cover walk guide honorariums, implementation, resource archiving, and more! Because our Halloween walks involve goodie bags and snacks for youth, they also help us provide for those!You can make a donation by clicking here or on the button above. For those facing more challenging financial circumstances, we ask that you please try to “pay it forward” with acts of kindness for your neighbors and community.