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GO WilMa!
Get Outside 'round Willistown and Malvern! (GO WilMa!) 

GO WilMa! is an exciting and entertaining summer outdoor adventure program that encourages children in the Malvern region (no residency requirements) to explore the natural and historic treasures of our area through a series of scavenger hunts. Kids and their families participate on their own schedule throughout the summer.  Children are automatically signed up for GO WilMa! when they register for the National Summer Reading Program at Malvern or Paoli Library.

GO WilMa! combines parks and recreation, health and wellness, reading, and lots of fresh air fun.  Exploring the natural and historic treasures of our area also brings families, friends, and our community together, lifting spirits and delivering smiles.

Contact Mary Hundt with any inquiries or feedback.

The GO WilMa! Team
Spearheaded by Willistown Parks and Recreation, the GO WilMa! Program Team includes:
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Special Thanks and Kudos 
Special Thanks to the Healthy York County Coalition's GO York program, Go Outdoors York County (goyork.org), for sharing their inspiration and upon which GO WilMa! is based. 
Kudos to Kevin A. Alvarnaz, the mastermind behind the GO York program, of WellSpan Health (wellspan.org).
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Funding is provided in large part by Willistown Township with assistance from Malvern Borough, East Whiteland Township, and  East Goshen Township.

A New Program Theme Each Year!
Our annual theme is inspired by the National Collaborative Summer Reading program for K-teens. The 2017 summer reading theme is “Build a Better World, Read!” This year’s GO
WilMa! theme is “Get OutsideCome Together for a Better World!”
Kids who sign up for the summer reading program at Malvern or Paoli Library receive a GO WilMa! Field Guide—a passport of sorts. The Guide includes scavenger hunt clues leading to hidden "Inspiration Stations" in our local landscape. Each Station is named after an organization that makes a difference for the great outdoors and our natural resources thus bettering our lives and the world! Information on these groups will be included in the Field Guide, as well as things we can do to make a difference. We hope children and adults continue to be inspired to act on behalf of our environment in some way! Participants then "stamp" their field guides at the Inspiration Station rubbing post and return to the library, show their Field Guides, and receive  prize raffle tickets. Sign-up is ongoing throughout the summer and kicks off at the School's Out—Let's GO WilMa! park party described here. The program ends August 19, and a prize drawing will be held on August 22 at the Willistown Country Fair described here. There is no participation fee for GO WilMa!

Jump to What You Need to Know:

 Who Can Participate?  A Different Theme Each Year!
 How to Play  Program Benefits & Goals
 Prizes & Rewards
 Things to Remember
 Sign Me Up!
 Liability Release & Safety
 Inspiration Stations
 Testimonials & Photos

Who Can Participate?
GO WilMa! is not just for Willistown and Malvern residents. Families of kids who sign up for the K-5 and teen national summer reading programs at Malvern or Paoli Library will automatically be registered in our GO WilMa! summer outdoor adventure program. 

How to Play
Remember, the adventure begins when summer starts!
Here’s how the GO WilMa! Outdoor Adventure Program works: 
  1. Stations (rubbing posts) are located in parks, along trails, and at special sites in and around Willistown Township and Malvern Borough. Each year the checkpoint locations change, so the adventure is always new.
  2. Your job is to find as many of the Stations as possible by following clues in the program guide provided at registration. Each Station links to a page in your guide, where once you locate the Station, you’ll use a crayon or side of a pencil to rub the etching in the space provided, "stamping" your guide.
  3. Show your rubbings to the library to receive raffle tickets for the prize drawings along with summer reading program incentives. 

Prizes & Rewards

Your rubbings and responses to the questions in the adventure guide will entitle you to receive chances to win some great adventures and fun prizes! 
  1. A reward is given to each child that finds 3 Stations.
  2. Those kids who find all of the Stations will get an extra ten tickets.  
  3. Each rubbing entitles a participant to a prize drawing raffle ticket, the more Stations you find—the higher your chances of winning a prize!
The Prize Raffle will be held at the Willistown Country Fair at Greentree Park August 23th at 6:30pm, described here. The Fair runs from 5:30-7:30pm. Winners do not need to be present, but we would love to see you there! One prize per family. Call 610-647-5300 x224 for a recorded message if weather is a question. Rain date is August 25th.

Sign Me Up!
Summer reading and GO WIlMa! program sign up starts when school's out in June at Malvern and Paoli Library. You can sign up throughout the summer, but you'll want to do so early so you can start your outdoor adventures!

You will receive your GO WIlMa! Field Guide along with your summer reading program (SRP) materials when you sign up for the K-5 and Teen SRPs at Malvern or Paoli Library. (Note: Paoli Library does not have a teen summer reading program, so please bring your teens to Malvern, 6 minutes to the west!)

Activation Stations
Each year the Station locations change so the adventure is always new and exciting. Special thanks go to the following community Station hosts for participating in GO WilMa! 

Station Hosts


Station Locations


A Different Theme Each Year! 

The 2016 summer reading themes are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” for K-5th grade, “Get in the Game: Read!” for teens, and “Exercise Your Mind—Read!” for adults. This year’s GO WilMa! theme is “Be Well, Be Fit—Get Outside & Move It!” Children who sign up for the summer reading program at Malvern or Paoli Library receive a GO WilMa! Field Guide—a passport of sorts. The Guide includes scavenger hunt clues leading to hidden "Activation Stations" in our local landscape. Each Station is named after a fun activity including yoga poses and calisthenics. Program participants and their friends and families do the movements at each station and leave inspired to move more throughout the day! 

Program Benefits
Your kids can easily glean the benefits of our GO WilMa! program that promotes healthy minds and bodies and a love of the outdoors—as can you!

Program Goals
The goals of GO WilMa! include:
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Promoting parks, open space, historic and community treasures in Willistown Township and Malvern Borough
  • Promoting reading
  • Promoting curiosity abou the natural world
  • Promoting health/fitness/wellness—healthy lifestyles!
  • Celebrating community

Some Things to Remember
  • Make sure that you take your Program Guide and a crayon or pencil for the rubbing.
  • Always remember to be respectful of parks and trails, the outdoors, and people around you!
  • The parks, trails, and special sites are open dawn to dusk unless otherwise noted in the Program Guide.
  • The program begins when school lets out for the summer and ends August 18th!

Liability Release & Safety
Liability Release
I understand that, by participating in the GO WilMa! outdoor adventure program, I will be engaging in physical activities that involve risks of being outdoors, from the activity itself, from the acts of others, or from the unavailability of emergency services or emergency medical care on site. Such risks may include: property damage; bodily injury, and; possible death. By participating in the GO WilMa! program, I understand that I assume these risks and hereby release the GO WilMa! programming partner organizations and their employees, volunteers and elected representatives and the property owners where the Checkpoints are located from any claims, losses, liabilities, expenses or judgments, including legal fees and court costs arising out of my participation in the GO WilMa! program.
Safety

Every outdoor activity, including scavenger hunting, has some risks and dangers. You could get hurt, meet up with wild animals and bugs, and touch poisonous plants. Here are a few reminders as you hunt for checkpoints with other GO WilMa! adventurers this summer:
  • Be familiar with the area where you are headed before getting there! 
  • Make sure to follow all posted park rules. 
  • Be respectful of the environment and of others around you!
  • Never hike alone! If you are heading out with a friend, always make sure a responsible adult knows where you will be.
  • Always lock your vehicle and secure any valuables.
  • Wear clothing that is loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored to protect your skin from the sun and to keep you cool.
  • Lather up with sunscreen - keep your skin healthy for years to come!
  • Bring plenty of water with you and make sure you drink it even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • If it is really hot outside, bring extra water, walk slower, and take more breaks.
  • Seek safe shelter if the weather gets dangerous, or you hear or see storms nearby.
  • Step carefully over and around fallen logs and branches, rocks, roots, and other things lying on the ground.
  • Poisonous plants - poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac - may grow near a checkpoint or along a trail. Know what each looks like and watch out for them!
  • Spiders, insects, snakes, or other critters may visit the same places where checkpoints are hidden. Be careful where you step and where you reach! 
  • Mosquitoes, black flies, or other annoying bugs may bother you. You may want to wear bug repellent spray or other products to keep them away. 
  • Always check to make sure that you are not taking any bugs home with you.
  • Be careful around ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.
 
Testimonials & Photos
Thanks for participating in this summer's GO WilMa! program. We are interested in hearing your comments, both good and constructive, as it may help make next year's program be even more successful and exciting. Please send your input and any photos to GO WilMa! Feedback. Your feedback may be posted here or appear in the WillisTowne Crier newsletter. Also, like us on Facebook and post photos and comments there.

Here's what some of our GO WilMa! friends and families are saying about their experiences:
2014 Get Outside & Be Amazed! 
An explorer's mom reports: "Each adventure taught us so much about our county and created wonderful family memories! We ended each hike filled with gratitude for living in an area with such beautifully preserved open space, and plan to return throughout the seasons." Leslie B.

Elsa the Experimenter
Go to Elsa's page for cool videos, experiments, and 2014 Hotspot facts 
 
   
        
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Kids at Okehocking



2013 Get Outside & Explore the Earth! 
A Willistown mom reports: Here are photos from Siana (age 6), Daniel (age 4) and my Okehocking adventure. It was a beautiful day. The views were  breathtaking! The gentle cool breeze really made the sunny day lovely. Siana said she loved the feeling of the wild wind, Daniel loved watching Ridley Creek, and we made new friends with two different families along the way.

More 2013 GO WilMa! Earth Explorer expedition photos.
 
           
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2012 Get Outside & Reach for the Stars! 
This GO WilMa! team is happy to be on the star dust trail seeking the Strawberry Moon. 
Mom reports: We had a great time at sunset last night at Sugartown Strawberries!
Cousins Erin and Jamie are two happy tree hugging star seekers at Kirkwood Preserve.
Dad reports: Great job again with the entire program. We are looking to finish up the last three this week and have really enjoyed it!

More 2012 GO WilMa! Star Seeker photos from their missions.
 

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