“Nature Tots for the next couple of months will be related to the upcoming seasons and holidays,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman.
The program for ages 2-5 is held the second Wednesday of each month year-round, and the Sept. 13 session has the theme Colors of the Wind, focusing on the fall season. It will begin with storytime in the oak savanna, followed by an acorn hunt and acorn craft.
Kuhlman and naturalist Ashley Hansen are both excited for the Oct. 11 program of Icky Animals.
“We will take out some of our animal friends and talk about how they benefit the ecosystem, even if they’re not necessarily a charismatic or beautiful animal,” Kuhlman said.
From Pinki the tarantula to Rosie the corn snake, the Dickinson County Nature Center has friendly animal ambassadors that don’t always get the happiest reactions. However, it’s important to learn that even creatures people don’t necessarily like still are critical to the environment.
“Every animal has its place,” Hansen added.
The Nov. 8 program will be on Nature’s Blessings, and the Dec. 13 program will break out of the seasonal pattern to Discover Dinos, hatch dinosaur eggs and look for fossils.
Nature Tots is designed for toddlers to experience nature, to have fun and to learn to be curious.
“If they start young, hopefully they’ll grow up to care about nature,” Hansen said. “I’m excited to see the kids get excited, to get them excited about nature.”
The 10:30 a.m. sessions of the programs fill up quickly, but a 1:30 p.m. class was also added this year to accommodate more children. Parents and guardians can call 712-336-6352 to pre-register for either time slot.
For more information on Nature Tots and other Dickinson County Nature Center programming, please visit our environmental education page. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.