Sprouting Naturalists

Sprouting Naturalist

Sprouting Naturalist Programs

Never too young to learn” is a perfect motto for our new preschool-age series of nature programs. It's never too early to get your little ones involved with the natural world around us. These programs, geared to preschool ages and designed to give kids a better understanding of the world around them, will be offered on the first Wednesday each month. Plan now to open a new, natural world to your youngsters—each one offers a different, fun learning experience.

The Great Woodland Adventure
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Join us for a guided hike on our Great Woodland Adventure trail. It’s a perfect walk for little legs! Explore our native woodlands and meet some of our animal friends along the way. We’ll wrap up our program with a nature craft project.

Batty over Bats
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Scary, Creepy, Nightmarish...No Way!! Bats are amazing animals. Come learn about these nighttime Sprouting Naturalist 2creatures and play some fun, batty games.

Animal and Plant Ouchies!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We all know about the cute and cuddly side of nature, but what about the prickly side? We’ll explore the “ouchies” of nature and why they do what they do. 

Winter’s Feathery Friends
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
With most of the animals nestled snug in their beds, birds reign in the winter months. Learn about our winter birds and help them out by making your own bird feeder.

Skins, Skulls, Tracks & Traces
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Our region is home to many wild and wonderful animals. In this fun and furry program, we’ll get hands-on with nature and end the program with adorable handprint animal art.

Critter Kingdoms
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Houses? Who needs houses when you could live in a burrow, nest or cave? Explore animal habitats and play a fun nature game.

Animals and Their Babies
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
We all know that our parents take great care of us, but do animal parents do the same? Notice similarities and differences in adult and juvenile animals. What changes as they grow up? We’ll play an exciting matching game after we become experts!

Nature’s Hide and Seek Hunt
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
On your mark...get set...EXPLORE!! See if we can find all of the items on our Scavenger Hunt list. WithSprouting Naturalist 3 mom or dad’s help, you can find them all!!

Creepy Crawlies
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Snakes, bugs and spiders, oh my! Who doesn’t love to get down and dirty with the creepy side of nature? Don’t be afraid to turn over a rock and see who you might find hiding out. Our resident snakes and turtles will also be lurking about!

Who: Programs are designed for children ages 2-5.
Time: 10am to 11:30am
When: The first Wednesday every month from September 2012 through May 2013
Costs: Kids under 6 years old – $3; Adults – $12; Older brothers and sisters (age 6 -15) – $5.50; Adult Annual Passholders – free
Program cost includes one-day Park admission.

Registration: Call Mary Standish in the Chimney Rock business office at 828-625-9611 to register.

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