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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.

Tom Sawyer Style Fishing children’s program
Wednesday, July 5, $6 per child

Try your hand at fishing, catch & release style. Poles and bait will be provided
Program #      Grade              Time                
589                K-2                  1-2pm             
590                3-5                  3-4pm

Jr. Naturalists five day summer camp (ages 10-12)
Session 1 (624) starts Monday July 10, 10am-2pm, $95 per child.
Begin an adventure at Lake Katherine through hands on activities; learn the skill of paddling a canoe, fish tom sawyer style and line casting. Explore the world of amphibians and reptiles as well as insects and plants.  Climb, hike, and learn to use a compass and take part in a treasure hunt.

Session 2 and 3 of Jr. Naturalist commence July 31 (625) and August 14 (626) and require a separate booking.

Walking in the Waterfall children’s program
Wednesday July 12, $6 per child

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              Time
592                 3-5                  3-4pm

Rangers five-day summer camp (ages 7-9 years old)
Session 2 (623) starts Monday July 17, 10am-2pm daily, $95 per child.
Explore Lake Katherine through hands-on activities, nature games and crafts, fishing and walking in the waterfall. Discover mud, bugs, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.

Along the Shore children’s program
Wednesday July 19, $6 per child

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              Time
593                K-2                  1-2pm
594                3-5                  3-4pm

Outdoor Skills five-day summer camp (ages 11-15)
Session 2 (628) starts Monday July 24, 10am-2pm, $105 per child.
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.

Session 3 of Outdoor Skills (629) commences Monday August 7 and require a separate booking.

From Milkweed to Monarch children’s program
Wednesday, July 26, $6 per child

Look up close at a milkweed plant, the plant of choice for monarch butterflies to lay their eggs. Next we’ll use a magnifying lens to see the wings and other parts of the monarch butterfly. A fun craft will be included.
Program #      Grade              Time
595                K-2                  1-2pm
596                3-5                  3-4pm

Please click here for a full list of our summer education programs

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