DC Parks offers back to school programs

DARKE COUNTY – Hey Parents! The kids are back to school and the Darke County Parks has plenty to offer to add to their education. We have several monthly programs available that your child will join a Naturalist for some hands-on learning about the natural world all around them! Programs are available for 2-year-olds up to sixth graders.

For those children ages 2-5, we offer a monthly, hour-long program designed to investigate nature through activities, games, crafts and exploring. September’s topic is “A is for Apple”. We will spend the day under the apple tree. September class dates are Wednesday, the Sept. 10 and 17 (for ages 2-3) and Thursday, the Sept. 11 (for 4-5 year olds). October’s theme is “The Little Yellow Leaf” and November’s is “So Many Spiders.” Parents (or Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles!) must attend along with their preschooler. Pre-registration is required and the cost is only $2.

Park P.A.L.S. is offered once per month on Saturdays and is designed for kids in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. P.A.L.S. stands for practicing and learning stewardship. September’s topic is Hooray for Herps and will occur on Saturday, Sept. 13. Have you seen a toad or frog in your backyard? Join us as we discover everything there is to know about herps. October’s topic is “What’s that smell?” and November’s topic is “Buggy Bugs.” Pre-registration is required and the cost is only $3.

Students in grades 3-6 are invited to join us for Junior Naturalists, offered one Saturday per month. Hikes and projects are part of this fun-filled nature study club. September’s topic is “Perfect Prairies” and will be held on Saturday, September 20th. We will explore the prairies and discover the wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of these native ecosystems and learn what makes them special. October’s topic is “Mushrooms!” and November’s is “Autumn Trees.” Pre-Registration is required and the cost is only $3.

All programs are supervised by Naturalist Staff and Adult Volunteers. Call the Nature center today for more information and to sign up your child at 937.548.0165. More information can be found on our website: www.darkecountyparks.org.

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