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Youth Programs


Children's Programs

Free event for kids! Stories at the Lake
The first Thursday of every month, 4pm-5pm
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



Ice and Snow
February 15, 16, or 17

Starting indoors we will celebrate winter with activities using ice and snow followed by a short walk outdoors and finishing with a colorful art project.
Program #      Day            Date             Time
671              Thursday    February 15    9:30 am
672              Friday        February 16     9:30 am
673              Saturday    February 17    10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Turtles
March 8, 9, or 10

We will look closely at the turtles in the nature center to see their similarities, and differences.  Children will hold and help feed the turtles.
Program #      Day            Date     Time
674             Thursday    March 8    9:30 am
675             Friday        March 9     9:30 am
676             Saturday    March 10  10:30 am
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

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
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program



Wednesday After School


Jr. Explorers
Programs for children grades K-2, Wednesday 4:00-5:00
$6 per child, pre-registration is required


Ice is Nice
We will conduct a few experiments using ice and snow followed by a short walk outdoors and finishing with a “icy” art project.
Program #   Grade    Date
681              K-2        February 14
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Meet a Turtle
We will look closely at the turtles in the nature center to see their similarities, and differences.  Children will hold and help feed the turtles.
Program #   Grade    Date
682              K-2        March 14
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Natural Egg Dyeing
Roots and beans, stalks and skins are used to make natural vegetable dyes.  Join us as we concoct our colorful stew.  This Easter celebrate using the eggs you colored with the dyes you learned to make.
Program #   Grade    Date
683              K-5        March 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Get in Touch with Trees

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 #   Grade    Date
684              K-2        April 11
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program




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


Snowshoeing

Take a hike outdoors with our snowshoes (snow or no snow).  Afterwards enjoy hot cocoa with marshmallows indoors.
Program #   Date
685           January 31
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Winging It

We will discover the unique attributes of birds through hands-on      investigations. Each child will dissect a chicken egg, learning the function and purpose of each part. We will also participate in an owl “nest feeding” game, measure the wingspans of various birds, use magnifying glasses to inspect feathers, and match tools to bird beaks.
Program #   Date
686           February 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

Natural Egg Dyeing
Roots and beans, stalks and skins are used to make natural vegetable dyes.  Join us as we concoct our colorful stew.  This Easter celebrate using the eggs you colored with the dyes you learned to make.
Program #   Date
683           March 28
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program

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 #   Date
687           April 25
Registration must be made no later than the Monday before the program


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