Off the Screen and Into the Green!

Short, refreshing Field Environmental Philosophy walks—instead of babysitting!

Off the Screen!

Imagine a babysitter who doesn’t sit there, who takes your child on walks, teaching them Field Environmental Philosophy (FEP)—

who guides your child on two hour treks, training them to identify, interpret and enjoy the natural and cultural history of the city they live in. 


Off the Screen walks exercise children’s bodies and minds. Children learn about the place they live in and themselves. Learning about local  plants, animals, architectural styles, and histories– all while on the move—is ecotherapeutic

“Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide — and rates have increased over the past decade,” reports Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

We offer a solution that can help improve children’s mental health. Physical activity! Various research studies on the topic show getting active is good for anxiety.    

Beyond the benefits of exercise, Off the Screen walks create active engagement with the world. A shift in perspective occurs from that of being a spectator to that of being a participant. This feeling of being active, awake and empowered persists for days and when the walks are repeated, can shape children’s character. 


> Biocitizen offers 2 hour walks that explore the biocultural history of Prospect Park and adjacent neighborhoods. They are from 3-5 pm on Weds. and Thurs. Drop off and pickup are at Garfield Tot Lot.

> Walks are also scheduled according parent’s needs, and are scaled to the child(ren)’s age and development. To schedule, please contact Samantha at or call 720 243 2279

If you would like to learn more, please call 413.320.0522 and speak with Free Rangers director Kurt Heidinger, or send a note