Seniors learn about history and natural history

Over 50 seniors participated in an outing to naturalist Trevor Goward's home in Upper Clearwater, Edgewood Blue

Trevor Goward (l) talks to visiting members of Wells Gray Country Seniors Society about his vision for his home in the wilderness.

Trevor Goward (l) talks to visiting members of Wells Gray Country Seniors Society about his vision for his home in the wilderness.

Sandra Holmes

Over 50 seniors participated in an outing to naturalist Trevor Goward’s home in Upper Clearwater, Edgewood Blue, on July 14.

Wells Gray Country Seniors Society sponsored the outing as part of a program of events organized with support from a New Horizons grant awarded by the federal government earlier this year.

Goward, whose vision Edgewood Blue is, welcomed the seniors by explaining some of his philosophy around living in the wilderness. He encouraged everyone to explore the property. Folks rambled around and appreciated the natural environment; some taking photos, others sketching and some just wandering as they breathed in the flowers, ponds, birds and quiet.

A delicious lunch was served by the Upper Clearwater School Restoration Group. Following lunch, Clara Clara and EllenRitcey and Ellen Ferguson introduced books they have written that tell stories about people who have lived in the Upper Clearwater. Clara encouraged everyone to write down their own stories for the benefit of their grandchildren.

The outing continued with Trevor Goward leading a short walk to Story Island where he emphasized the importance of connecting with the future by sharing stories of the past.

The warm welcome, the tranquil surroundings and the reconnection with the wilderness left all eager to return for another opportunity to be at one with the world.

 

The next seniors’ luncheon event will be on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Elks Hall in Clearwater. There is no charge for the luncheons and all seniors are welcome to attend.