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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

What is in the lake?
Using plastic containers we will retrieve insect larvae from the water’s edge of the lake.  We will use magnifiers and a dissecting scope to see what lives in the water. A nature walk and project will be included.
Program #      Day          Date             Time
725           Thursday     May 16       9:30 am
726            Friday         May 17       9:30 am
727            Saturday     May 18      10:30 am
Bubble mania
We will have fun blowing and chasing bubbles outdoors. We will make and use a variety of wands to see what shapes we can create. A funny bubble song and art project included. (In case of inclement weather activities will be indoors.)
Program #      Day          Date             Time
728           Thursday    June 13       9:30 am
729            Friday        June 14       9:30 am
730            Saturday    June 15      10:30 am
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
                            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.
Program#  Grade     Date               Time
701            K-2       June 5            1:00-2:00pm
702            3-5       June 5            3:00-4:00pm
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
705            K-2      June 12          1:00-2:00pm
706            3-5      June 12          3:00-4:00pm
707            K-2      July 31            1:00-2:00pm
708            3-5      July 31            3:00-4:00pm
Tom Sawyer Style Fishing
Try your hand at fishing; catch & release style.  Poles and bait will be provided.
Program # Grade     Date                 Time
711            K-2      June 19         1:00-2:00pm
712            3-5      June 19         3:00-4:00pm
713            K-2      July 10          1:00-2:00pm
714            3-5      July 10          3:00-4:00pm
Cooking with Herbs
We will explore the herb garden and learn different uses of plants in cooking food. We will collect herbs and make a few snacks. We will plant an herb seed in a pot to take home.
Program # Grade    Date                   Time
717            K-2      June 26          1:00-2:00pm
718            3-5      June 26          3:00-4:00pm
Insect Safari
Six legged creatures are fabulous! We’ll hike outdoors with nets to capture insects and let them go. Using magnifiers, we will look closely at insects. We will also create an insect craft project.
Program # Grade     Date                   Time
719            K-2       July 17          1:00-2:00pm
720            3-5       July 17          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.
Forest Explorers: 5 & 6 years old.
Rangers: 7-9-years-old.
Outdoor Skills Jr: 10-12 years old.
Outdoor Skills: 12-15 years old.
Forest Explorers
June two-day minicamps
Young children will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects. Each day activities will include exploring a variety of animals and the forest area. As a highlight, the last hour of the last day of each session, Forest Explorers will walk in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before session begins.
Cost: $25 per program. Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Program #  Session                                                     Dates
737           Sink or Float with Miss Brenda           June 10 and June 12
738            Seeds and Worms with Miss Barb      June 11 and June 13
July one-day minicamps
One day minicamp of fun for young children will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects. Each session’s activities will include exploring and holding animals and walking in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before session begins.
Cost: $12 per program. Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Program #       Session                                                 Dates
739             Quack like a Duck with Miss Brenda         July 1
740             Little creature with Miss Barb                  July 2
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
741            1                         June 17-21                   10:00am-2:00pm
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
744            1                         June 24-28                  10:00am-2:00pm
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
746            1                        July 8-12                   10:00am-2:00pm
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
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