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Lake Katherine
In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- JOHN MUIR
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Youth Programs


Stories at the Lake
The first Thursday of every month, 4pm-5, free event for kids!
Lake Katherine volunteer educator Nicole Snyder will host storytime, reading aloud from a nature-themed children's book. Plus fun activities. No need to book in advance - just turn up.

Little Explorers
1 hour experience for 3-6 year old children together with their favorite adult.
$6 per child, pre-registration is required
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Summer Fun
Programs for children grades K-2 and 3-5
Nature Day Camps
Learn about the natural world through games, crafts and daily exploration. Investigate creatures, walk in the waterfall, run through the prairie, and fish in the lake.

Email Marian at Marian.Sinkus@lakekatherine.org


Little Explorers

A walk in the waterfall
We’ll put on our boots and make a splash investigating the movement of the water. We supply the boots for the children; parents we do have some boots for you or wear sturdy old tennis shoes or your own boots.
Program #      Day          Date             Time
731           Thursday    July 18        9:30 am
732           Friday        July 19         9:30 am
733           Saturday    July 20        10:30 am
Mud glorious mud
Let’s have fun making mud pies and mud cakes. We will get our hands dirty experimenting with mud.
Program #      Day          Date             Time
734           Thursday    August 15      9:30 am
735           Friday        August 16       9:30 am
736           Saturday    August 17      10:30 am


                            Click here for Program waiver

Summer Fun
$6 per child
Wetland Wonders
Take a hike on the shores of Lake Katherine using water nets to collect specimens. We will examine the specimens using magnifying glasses and a dissecting scope.
703            K-2      August 14        1:00-2:00pm
704            3-5      August 14        3:00-4:00pm

Walking in the Waterfall
Make a splash investigating the movement of water while walking in our waterfall. Please wear clothes that can get wet. We supply the boots for the children.
Program # Grade    Date                 Time
707            K-2      July 31           1:00-2:00pm
708            3-5      July 31           3:00-4:00pm
709            K-2      August 21      1:00-2:00pm
710            3-5      August 21       3:00-4:00pm

Tom Sawyer Style Fishing
Try your hand at fishing; catch & release style.  Poles and bait will be provided.
715            K-2      August 7          1:00-2:00pm
716            3-5      August 7          3:00-4:00pm

Terrific Turtles
Look closely at Lake Katherine’s captive turtles and compare land vs water turtles. Learn about the life cycle and habitat of both turtles. A craft project is included.
Program # Grade     Date                   Time
721            K-2       July 24          1:00-2:00pm
722            3-5       July 24          3:00-4:00pm


Gardening
We will hike to see our different gardens then create a garden collage. We will learn and take part in growing lettuce in a bag too.
Program # Grade      Date                  Time
723           K-2        August 28        1:00-2:00pm
724           3-5        August 28        3:00-4:00pm

                              Click here for Program waiver

Nature Day Camps
Learn about the natural world through games, crafts and daily exploration. Investigate creatures, walk in the waterfall, run through the prairie, and fish in the lake.

Rangers: 7-9-years-old.
Outdoor Skills Jr: 10-12 years old.
Outdoor Skills: 12-15 years old.

Rangers
Explore in the wild, well Lake Katherine wild, through hands-on activities, nature games and crafts, fishing and walking in the waterfall. Discover mud, bugs, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.  Register by Thursday before session begins.  Cost: $95 per program.
Program #  Session                 Dates                             Time
742            2                         July 15-19                    10:00am-2:00pm
743           3                         August 12-15                 10:00am-2:00pm

Outdoor Skills Jr
Similar to the older kids begin an adventure at Lake Katherine through hands on activities and projects. Climb a tree with ropes. Learn to make fire with matches, and how to tend the fire safely, Paddle a canoe, fish Tom Sawyer style, walk in the waterfall, hike to and explore our hidden ravine. Handle a turtle or a snake and hunt for frogs and insects. Register by Thursday before session begins.  Cost: $95 per program.
Program #  Session                  Dates                            Time
745            2                         July 29- August 2        10:00am-2:00pm

Outdoor Skills
Climb a tree with ropes. Learn to make fire with and without matches, and how to tend the fire safely. Learn a variety of wilderness campfire cooking skills (think Bear Grill). Campers will practice knife safety, as well as identify and harvest wild edible plants. Build shelters, paddle a canoe and purify water. Learn knots and compass skills too. Register by Thursday before session begins.  Cost: $105 per program.
Program #  Session                 Dates                             Time
747            2                       July 22-26                   10:00am-2:00pm
748            3                       August 5-9                  10:00am-2:00pm

Camps have limited space, we keep child to adult ratio of 10-1 or less

                     Please click here for Nature Camp Waiver













                                 

 

 

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