These programs are designed for children 3-5 years old (parent must stay with child under 4yrs). Class always includes outdoor exploration, so children and adults should dress accordingly.
Fee per session: $10 member/$15 non-member; register and pay for 4 sessions, get 5th free
Register for the entire series or individual classes. Call (609) 737-7592 to sign up.
or Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30PM
January 7, 8: Story Time Winter – Spend a wintry day with the Teacher-Naturalist, listening to seasonal nature stories. Bring a blanket to curl up with and a special stuffed animal to hug. The children will make a simple craft to accompany each story. As always we’ll have new stories and crafts for the new year!Spring 2014
January 14, 15: Journey to the Past – Attention all young paleontologists! Come join us as we delve deep into our prehistoric past and learn about the beasts that once roamed the earth. We will go on our very own ‘dino-dig’ to see what it is like unearthing these fine creatures.
January 21, 22: Snow and Things That Glitter – January 22 is FULL, January 21 class is canceled – Explore the Watershed Reserve trails and marvel at the shapes and patterns that ice and frost have created. Afterward, we’ll make a glittery design. If there’s snow on the ground, we’ll play in the snow, too!
February 4, 5: Stalking Shadows – February 5 is FULL, register for February 4! – What is always following you around? It’s your shadow!!! Today we are going to learn what it takes to make a shadow, play some shadowy games, and even try to step on our own shadows.
February 11, 12: Gift from a Tree – Learn about the importance of trees and what ‘gifts’ they give us. We will find out where maple syrup comes from, as we tap maple trees, gather sap, and make syrup from our own maple trees on the Watershed Reserve. Everyone gets to sample the finished product.
February 18, 19: Turtle Time – What animal carries their home on their back, likes to stay in the mud during winter, and is considered a slowpoke in most stories? It’s a turtle! Come join us to learn about turtles, and meet the resident turtles of the Watershed Reserve.
February 25, 26: Insects in the Winter – Deep in winter, we know that some animals hibernate, some animals migrate and some animals remain active all winter long. What do insects do when winter arrives? Come discover what insects do to survive the cold winter months.
or Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30PM
March 4, 5: What’s For Lunch? – What do you like to eat? It is very important for humans to have a well balanced diet but what about other animals? We will investigate the different food choices of animals, what they eat, and how they get their food.
March 11, 12: Creatures of the Night – Have you ever noticed how nighttime noises sound different from daytime noises? Come learn which animals sleep through the night and which animals are wide-awake. We will put faces to the sounds that we hear going bump in the night.
March 18, 19: Wildlife of our Lives – Wildlife plays an important part in all of our lives. Did you know that wildlife could be found in our parks, outside our homes, inside our homes, and even in our pocket? In this program, we will be wildlife investigators. Looking inside and out for signs and symbols of wildlife.
March 25, 26: Animal’s Special Tools – Imagine if elephants didn’t have trunks, fish couldn’t swim and turtles didn’t have shells. Let’s discover these special tools and admire the wonderful work of Mother Nature.
April 1, 2: Discover Spring – Birds are returning, trees are budding, and flowers are starting to bloom. We will take a walk to welcome the new season and hunt for nature signs telling us spring has arrived.
April 15, 16: Fancy Feet – Two toes, three toes, webbed, furry, and even stinky feet are all important in the lives of animals. Take a hike on the Watershed Reserve trails and look for evidence of the feet that roam out in Nature. We will have a foot stompin’, toe tappin’ good time!
April 22, 23: The Bunny Hop – Winter is nearing its end and spring is upon us. A few animals have been with us, wide- awake and alert the whole time, one being the Eastern Cottontail. We will have a hoppy good time as we learn about our furry friend!
April 29, 30: Weather Watchers – April showers bring Mayflowers. We will look at all different types of weather and what effects weather has on nature. For the days when the wind blows, we will make a musical craft that will help us enjoy the climate.
May 6, 7: Beneath Our Feet – We are going to be taking a journey…through the eyes of an ant. Taking an up-close look at the ground, we will see what it is made of, who lives there, and what might be found beneath the surface.
May 13, 14: Fun with Fungi – Make room for mushrooms and mold! They aren’t plants, they aren’t animals, what are they? Come find out as we put the FUN in fungus!
May 20, 21: Insect Safari – Come experience the wide range of colors and types of insects and other creepy crawlers on this adventure at the Watershed Reserve. We will search for grasshoppers, ladybugs, butterflies, honeybees and many others.
May 27, 28: Amazing Amphibians – We will slosh through the mud and the muck in search of amphibians at Wargo pond. Wear old sneakers and play clothes and be prepared to get wet! We will use buckets and nets to get ‘up close and personal’ with critters that live in the water! Drop off and pick up will be at the Pond House, 261Wargo Road.
June 3, 4: Birds and Nesting – Chirp…Chirp…Find out what baby birds need to survive to adulthood. Take a walk on the trails and learn about birds and their nests.
June 10, 11: Spiders – They are the creepy, crawly creatures that lurk in the fields, forests, and even in our homes. Come join us as we learn about these web-spinning wonders and then go on a spider hunt!
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