The upcoming School’s Out program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 1-5 offers varied and fun daylong themes as kids explore the natural world at the Watershed Center and Reserve.
On a questing day, kids will learn how to use a compass as they find their way along the trails. Scavenger hunts and treasure searches will add adventure to this day.
Our rock-and-roll day will be devoted to exploring the Stony Brook, doing rock painting to decorate faces and hands. Some science will be tucked into the day with soil boring and coring.
Another day will be devoted to birds and migration. Kids will build eagle nests out of sticks and leaves as they learn about the habitat and flight patterns of the feathered denizens on the Reserve. By taking apart nests, kids will examine all of the cool things woven together to create them.
Pond exploration day will involve several hikes along the property and out to Wargo Pond. Maybe we’ll find frogs and fish in a seine dragged by counselors in the shallows.
Shelters and survival will include creative scenarios where kids will team up to build shelters out of sticks, logs and leaves. There may even be a fire-building contest!
No worries if it rains because “messy science” will captivate the kids along with the discovery of watery worlds using microscopes, and learning about animal tracking and trail cameras.
Each day will end with a roasting marshmallows over a campfire.