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


Join us the first Thursday of each month at 4pm for Lake Katherine's Stories At The Lake children’s program. Lake Katherine volunteer educator Marian Sinkus will be reading aloud from a nature-themed children’s book.
The reading will be followed by fun activities.
No need to book in advance - just turn up!

 

Children's Programs
* All classes are on Wednesdays between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (unless otherwise stated) and cost $6 per child.
Pre-registration is required at the Nature Center
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Eco-Explorers

Ice Experiments and projects-Try an ice experiment and then make an ice candle. Dress for the weather, at the end there will be a hike outdoors.
Program #    Grade              Date                        Time
561               3-5                   February 22             4:00-5:00pm  

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 #   Grade               Date                         Time
562              3-5                    March 29                   4:00-5:00pm 


Jr. Explorers

Eating like a Bird-Children will learn the special function of bird’s beaks. Children will eat like a bird, tasting worms (pasta), insects (raisins) and sunflower seeds. Children will also examine bird feathers and nests. A walk outside to look for birds, and a bird feeder project are included.
Program #   Grade               Date                          Time
566               K-2                   February 15                4:00-5:00pm 

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                           Time
567               K-2                   March 22                     4:00-5:00pm


Little Explorers
* Preschoolers (ages 3-6) and their favorite adult exploring nature together. One hour classes cost $6 per child.
Pre-registration is required at the Nature Center.

Have a heart for our bird friends- Children will learn the special function of bird’s beaks. Children will eat like a bird, tasting pasta (worms), raisins (insects) and sunflower seed. Children will also examine bird feathers and nests. A walk outside to look for birds, and a bird feeder project are included.
Program #        Date                       Time
551                   February 16             9:30-10:30am
552                   February 17             9:30-10:30am
553                   February 18            10:30-11:30am

Turtles: 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 #       Date                         Time
554                   March 23                  9:30-10:30am
555                   March 24                  9:30-10:30am
556                   March 25                  10:30-11:30am

 

Homeschool Days
*Home school days allow individual home school students to attend preselected programs. Only students of the grade-equivalent age for the programs offered will be registered. Registration and payment is required two weeks prior to the program date.
Organized home school groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students are encouraged to register for their own group field trip program. A designated member from your group can request programs by calling our naturalist. All registration forms from the group must be turned in (in person at the nature center or mailed in) one week prior to the date chosen.
Lake Katherine’s program refund policy is the Monday before the program-full refund. Less than 4 days, no refund.

February- Birds- Children will examine bird feathers learning the different shapes, sizes and unique placement on birds. Through hands on activity children will understand the differences in bird beaks. Children will handle bird nests and learn of the materials required by several species. Registration deadline is February 9, 2017
Program #   Grade        Date                           Time               Cost
571              K-5             February 16                1:00-2:30         $6.00

March- Snakes- Learn the characteristics of the reptile - snake. Through a variety of activities children will understand the unique movements and habits of a few of our Illinois snakes. If the parents and children are willing a snake may be held.  Registration deadline is March 9, 2017

Program #  Grade         Date                       Time                 Cost
572             K-5             March 16                  1:00-2:30          $6.00

April- Turtles- Not all reptiles are the same. All turtle shells are not the same either. Children will understand the differences between turtle’s shells as well as their habitat needs and food requirements.  Registration deadline is April 13, 2017

Program #  Grade        Date                      Time                 Cost
573             K-5             April 20                  1:00-2:30             $6.00

 

PLEASE NOTE: Preregistration for all programs, with payment, is required no later than the Monday before the program.  No telephone registration accepted.  Space limited.  Early registration is recommended. Feel free to mail or fax in your registration form to us. You'll find our contact details here. As soon as the completed waiver and payment are received, your reservation will be made.

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