A weekday program that is fun for the whole family! For all ages; fee: $5/family. Preregistration required.
Tuesday, April 8, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know crickets can hear using their feet or that a rabbit's tongue has 17,000 taste buds! Discover fun facts about your 5 senses through hands on activities and a nature walk. Explore prickly versus tickle-y objects, take the taste bud test and make a smelly craft.
Tuesday, May 6, 11 a.m.–noon
One in every four animals on Earth is a beetle. Beetles are everywhere! Learn the life cycle of beetles and compare and contrast them to different insects. Go on a bug hunt to discover beetles and use a magnifying glass to look at them up close. Make a beetle craft to take home.
Tuesday, June 3, 11 a.m.–noon
Ants can lift and carry more than three times their weight! Hunt for ants in the garden and observe them in action, then play a fun game to discover how they build their colony. Wrap up the day with a fun snack of "ants on a log."
Tiny Tots – New Preschool Series!
For ages 18 months to 3 years with an accompanying adult; fee: $2/child. Preregistration is required.
Colors in Nature
Monday, June 2, 10:30–11 a.m.
Join us for our new program, Tiny Tots! This 30-minute class is for toddlers age 18 months to 3 years old. Practice your colors by sorting natural objects in found in the park! Then go on a nature hunt to find plants and animals of different colors!
Preschool children with accompanying adult(s) discover the natural world through stories, hands-on nature activities, games, crafts and guided outdoor exploration. Meet at the Park Pavilion. For ages 3–5 with an accompanying adult. Fee: $4 for each program or 3 programs for $10. Preregistration is required.
Wednesday, April 9, 1–2 p.m.
Do you hear that? Discover the sounds of nature at the park through games and hands on activities. Read the listening walk and go on a scavenger hunt using just your ears, then make a turtle tambourine!
Billions of Beetles
Wednesday, May 7, 1–2 p.m.
Beetles are one of the coolest groups of insects on Earth. They are known as living jewels because of their shiny colors. Listen to "The Very Clumsy Click" beetle story and make your own flipping beetle. Go on a bug hunt to find beetles and bugs.
Wednesday, June 4, 1–2 p.m.
Ants are amazing creatures and they are always on the go. Learn the parts of an ant using play dough and create an "ant restaurant" to discover their favorite foods, then go on an ant hunt to look at them under a magnifying glass! Make a fun craft to take home.
In these programs, kids will discover the natural world through hikes, hands-on nature activities, outdoor exploration, games and crafts. Meet at the Park Pavilion. For ages 6–9. Fee: $4 for each program or 3 programs for $10. Preregistration is required.
The Nose Knows
Wednesday, April 9, 11 a.m.–noon
Sweet, Sour and Stinky. Explore your nose and your sense of smell! Join us as we quiz our noses on the different smells of nature around the park. Match similar smells in a fun memory game, learn facts about animal noses and make a smelly craft.
Ladybeetles and Bugs
Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m.–noon
Did you know ladybugs smell with their feet and antennae? Learn the parts of a beetle and make a ladybug racer to discover how these tiny bugs stay in flight. Go on a bug hunt to try and spot these critters munching on their favorite leaves.
Ants in Action
Wednesday, June 4, 11 a.m.–noon
Every ant has a job to do to keep the nest running. Learn the jobs of the colony then observe ants in action. Discover the life cycle of an ant and the unique adaptations that help these tiny insects survive.
Kids Get Crafty!