Spend the evening and see how Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods encourages children to enjoy “adventures” with nature.

Many of us grew up reading Winnie the Pooh stories or watching Disney’s Pooh films. Pooh gave many children their first contact with the idea of nature play and inspired children to explore or have “adventures”. Eileen Tramontana, Executive Director at the Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) will be presenting a program about how Pooh has shaped and continues to shape our early impressions of nature on Friday, April 21, 6 PM at the TLNC. TLNC is located at 520 East CR 44, Eustis.

Pooh was created in 1926 by author A.A. Milne and the Hundred Acre Woods was inspired by Ashdown Forest which is a 6,000 acre wildlife preserve in southeast England. Pooh stories were written over a period of years as Christopher Robin Milne grew up, explored the countryside and acquired more stuffed animals that became characters in the stories.

This presentation is based on the New York Times bestseller The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Woods written by Kathryn Aalto. Aalto has focused for the past twenty-five years on places where nature and culture intersect and teaching literature of nature and place.

Learn about the history of these wonderful childhood tales, children’s freedom in the natural world, how many people’s impressions of natural places were shaped and how the stories are based on real places and events.

The program is free of charge; donations are welcome to help support the not-for-profit nature center. For more information, email tlncdirector@gmail.comor call 352.357.7536.

About Trout Lake Nature Center

Trout Lake Nature Center, a 230-acre preserve in Eustis, is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1988. TLNC’s mission is to conserve and protect the natural environment and educate the public about its importance. For further information, visit us at troutlakenaturecenter.com or call 352-357-7536.

Trout Lake Nature Center Presents: Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods

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