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- 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

Eco-Explorers
Programs for children grade 3-5, Wednesday 3:45-4:45
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.

Little Explorers
Love a Tree Hug a Tree
April 12, 13, or 14

Our investigations will lead us to love the trees around us and hopefully spur us to give a tree a hug. A tree project to take home is included.
Program #      Day            Date      Time
677             Thursday    April 12    9:30 am
678             Friday        April 13     9:30 am
679             Saturday    April 14    10:30 am
Water, Water Everywhere
May, 3, 4, or 5, $6 per child.

A hands-on discovery time with water, learning what floats and what won’t, and what makes waves. Please wear short sleeves and bring a towel.
Program #      Day            Date      Time
721             Thursday     May 3    9:30 am
722              Friday        May 4     9:30 am
723             Saturday     May 5    10:30 am
Little Clouds
June 7, 8, or 9, $6 per child.

Join us as we lie in the grass, watch the clouds, and spot shapes. We’ll sing a rain cloud song and make a project and other activities.
Program #      Day            Date      Time
724             Thursday     June 7    9:30 am
725              Friday        June 8     9:30 am
726             Saturday     June 9    10:30 am
A Walk in the Waterfall
July 12, 13, or 14. $6 per child.

We’ll put on our boots and make a splash investigating the movement of the water. We have a supply of boots for children and parents (Parents are also welcome to bring their own boots or old tennis shoes).
Program #      Day            Date      Time
727             Thursday     July 12    9:30 am
728              Friday        July 13     9:30 am
729             Saturday     July 14    10:30 am
It’s a Small World
August 9, 10, or 11

Become a scientist and use a magnifying glass to look for nature’s tiny creations. We will go for a walk and find small creatures and plants. Our hour together will include a project to take home.
Program #      Day            Date         Time
730             Thursday     August 9     9:30 am
731              Friday        August 10    9:30 am
732             Saturday     August 11    10:30 am

                            Please click here for Program Waiver

Wednesday After School

Eco-Explorers
Programs for children grade 3-5, Wednesday 3:45-4:45
$6 per child, pre-registration is required

Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Earth day, we will be take part in a mini clean up, followed by outdoor art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
Program #    Grade    Date
687              K-5         April 25

Summer Fun
$6 per child
Tom Sawyer Style Fishing
Try your hand at fishing, catch & release style. Poles and bait will be provided.
Program #  Grade     Date      Time
701             3-5        June 6     3:00-4:00pm
707             K-2        July 11    1:00-2:00pm
708             3-5        July 11    3:00-4:00pm
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
702             3-5        June 13    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
703             K-2        June 20    1:00-2:00pm
704             3-5        June 20    3:00-4:00pm
Leafy T’s
Bring your own white t-shirt and design your own imagination. We will be using natural materials to create a masterpiece.
Program #  Grade     Date        Time
705             K-2        June 27    1:00-2:00pm
706             3-5        June 27    3:00-4:00pm
Incredible Insects
Six-legged creatures are fabulous! Using magnifiers, we will look closely at grasshoppers to identify their incredible parts. We’ll hike outdoors with nets to capture insects and let them go.
Program #  Grade     Date        Time
709             K-2        July 18    1:00-2:00pm
710             3-5        July 18    3:00-4:00pm
                                  Watch for more Summer Fun!

                       Please 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.
Jr. Naturalists: 10-12 years old.
Outdoor Skills: 12-15 years old.
Forest Explorers
June two-day minicamps
Children age 5 and 6 will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects during two-day minicamps. Activities will include exploring a variety of animals and the forest area. As a highlight, during the last hour of the last day of each session, Forest Explorers will walk in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $25 per program.
Program #  Session                          Dates                           Time
733            Gardening & Mammals   June 11 and June 13     9:30-11:30am
734            Turtles & Birds              June12 and  June 14     9:30-11:30am
July one-day minicamps
Children age 5 and 6 will have opportunities to discover the wonders of nature through games, activities, and projects during one-day minicamps. Each session’s activities will include exploring and holding animals and walking in the waterfall. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $12 per program.
Program #  Session                          Dates                  Time
735            Shells & Waterfall          July 2                   9:30-11:30am
736            Reptiles & Waterfall      July 6                   9:30-11:30am
Rangers
Five-day summer camps for children age 7 to 9. Rangers will explore in the 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 a session begins. Cost: $95 per program.
Program #  Session                     Dates                     Time
737            1                               June 18-22            10:00am-2:00pm
738            2                               July 16-20              10:00am-2:00pm
739            3                               July 30-August 3    10:00am-2:00pm
Outdoor Skills
Five-day summer camps for children age 12-15. 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. We’ll build shelters, paddle a canoe, and purify water and learn knots and compass skills too. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $105 per program.
Program #  Session                     Dates                     Time
742           1                               July 9-13                10:00am-2:00pm
743           2                               July 23-27              10:00am-2:00pm
744           3                               August13-17           10:00am-2:00pm
Jr. Naturalists
Five-day summer camps for children age 9-11. Begin an adventure at Lake Katherine through hands-on activities. Learn the skill of paddling a canoe, fish Tom Sawyer-style, walk in the waterfall and hike to and explore our hidden ravine. Handle a turtle or a snake, and hunt for frogs and insects. One day will be spent taking part in wild science experiments. Register by Thursday before the session begins. Cost: $95 per program.
Program #  Session                     Dates                  Time
740            1                               June 25-29         10:00am-2:00pm
741            2                               August 6-10        10:00am-2:00pm
                  Please click here for Nature Camp waiver





 

 

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