Spring is an exciting time for outdoor discovery at the sanctuary. We have put together four fulls days of hands-on, engaging, and educational hikes and activities to explore the natural world this time of year.
This program is for children ages 5 to 11 with seperate age groups (ages 5-6, ages 7-8, and ages 9-11). Please choose the age group your child is in for sign-up.
Tuesday, April 18: Busy Beavers
Beavers are amazing ecosystem shapers and we are lucky to have lots of them living on the sanctuary. We will visit wetlands full of life that these creatures helped create and see real beaver lodges and dams up close. After exploring, we will try our hand at building our own lodges and dams!
Wednesday, April 19: Who's Taking Flight in the Fields?
Our fields in spring are full of creatures that flutter, soar, and swoop. We will look for Eastern Bluebirds on their nest boxes and our resident Red-tailed Hawk gliding high in the sky. With nets and bug boxes in hand, we will try to catch flying insects for an up-close view as well.
Thursday, April 20: Water Worlds
Ponds, rivers, and vernal pools are just a few of the squishy splashy wetlands that transform before our eyes in spring. Using dipping nets, we will catch and see what lurks below the water's surface. Frogs, turtles, ducks, fish, aquatic insects, and even amphibian eggs or larva await us in these water worlds.
Friday, April 21: Soil Science
Get your hands dirty and dig into the science of soil. We will learn what dirt is made of, dig up and compare soil samples, and roll over logs to find the creatures that call soil home. If we're lucky we might even spot a salamander hiding down there in the delightful dirt.
Drop off and pick up is in front of Nature Center and Barn. A confirmation with more details will be sent.