Spring Break Pics

Although our class size was small, we had fun! We learned and we crafted.

The Nature Walk enlightened us with frog egs and sounds, deer tracks, funny fungus, coyote scat, and Canada geese nesting & honking with the signs of spring all around us. We spent 1.5 hours walking and investigating the trails off South Grimes Hill Road of the Nature Preserve.

Our reptile program started with a half hour video on reptiles. How interesting! Then we got down to business personalizing our snakes.

The nature inspired art program proved to be just fun. We created beautiful butterflies. The photo cube was painted and adorned with seashells. We ran out of time, so participants took home shells to finish their cubes.

Here are some photos. Sorry we missed you.

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Spring Break Programs

Tuesday – Apr. 18 9:30-10:30am-ish Nature Walk
Meet at the South Grimes Hill Road entrance to the Hebron Nature Preserve. We will casually stroll the trails listening to bird songs, discovering animal signs, and enjoying nature. Rain or shine! Registration is not required. Dress accordingly.

Wednesday – Apr. 19 9:30 – 10:30/11:00am Repiles
Watch a video about reptiles. Learn about them through a museum scavenger hunt. Touch snake skins and other specimens. A wooden snake craft will follow the program. This will be a fun and educational workshop for children age 5 & older. Class size is limited to 10. Registration is required by Apr. 18.

Thursday – Apr. 20 9:30 – 10:30/11:00am Nature Inspired Art
Watch a nature video and create a nature-inspired craft. The craft could be a mystery sparkle mosaic picture, fabric butterfly, photo cube, stained glass butterfly mobile OR 3d mobile. This workshop is open to children age 5 and older. Class size is limited. Registration is required by Apr. 18.

These workshops are at no cost. Supplies are provided by a Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant.

Let’s Take a Walk

Oh my! I never imagined that so many children would be interested in creating a personalized walking stick or hiking staff, which ever you may call it. There were fifteen youth attending the program this morning. Over the years whenever I cleared trails at the Hebron Nature Preserve, I would gather fallen tree branches and tuck them inside the schoolhouse to be used at summer camp, but camp has been a bust for the last couple years with no registrations. I had collected seventeen branches when I decided to present the program. I allowed for fifteen spaces knowing that I had fifteen good branches and two not so hot ones. Eighteen children signed up by end of day on Saturday and I fretted. Where was I going to get more good branches when the ground was wet? I found one at the Preserve setting against the picnic table stuck in the snow. I kicked it loose and took it home. In fact, I took all the branches home and spent eight hours getting them ready for the class which meant removing the bark, small branches, knots, sanding it down and sawing the ends off. The one I found in the snow was set on my floor heat vent for two days to dry out after I cleaned it. The weather was not going to cooperate and I couldn’t get the power turned on at the schoolhouse, so I decided to cancel the hike but hold the program at the Museum. I figured that they can hike with their staff when the weather turns nice. There were three cancellations and one walk-in which made fifteen excited kids ready to create a staff of their own with paint, cording, charms (metal or antler buttons), turkey feathers and beads! A good time was had by all. Just see for yourself….