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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

Summer Fun
Programs for children grades K-2 and 3-5

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Little Explorers

It's a Monarch!
Learn how a butterfly grows and changes. Our session together will include looking closely at butterflies, singing a butterfly song, taking a walk and creating a fluttery project to take home.
Program #      Day            Date                Time
676             Thursday    September 20    9:30 am
677              Friday       September 21    9:30 am
678             Saturday    September 22    10:30 am

We Love Bats
We'll go batty discovering fun facts about bats and play a batty game too. A walk looking for bat hiding places and craft is included.
Program #      Day            Date               Time
679             Thursday    October 18     9:30 am
680             Friday        October 19      9:30 am
681             Saturday    October 20     10:30 am

Harvest Party

We'll read a story, play a game and enjoy a harvest snack.  Come and join us for an hour of fun.  (Snack foods will include, grapes, apples and pears)
Program #      Day            Date               Time
679             Thursday    November 15    9:30 am
680             Friday        November 16     9:30 am
681             Saturday    November 17    10:30 am

Brrr it's Cold
Learn through hands on activities how animals stay warm in the winter. A short walk outdoors, a funny song and art project are included.                 
Program #      Day            Date               Time
679             Thursday    December 13    9:30 am
680             Friday        December 14     9:30 am
681             Saturday    December 15    10:30 am

                            Please click here for Program Waiver

Summer Fun
$6 per child

Flower Pounding
Transfer the colors of plants and flowers onto fabric. Our art project will start with a hike to find a variety of colors of plant leaves, stems and flowers, and the we'll use a mallet to press the plant material onto fabric.
Program #  Grade     Date           Time
719             K-2        August 22    1:00-2:00pm
720             3-5        August 22    3:00-4:00pm


                       Please click here for Program Waiver




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