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HOME FOR A BUNNY: NATURE FAMILY FUN WITH ECFE

(FOR CHILDREN BIRTH-5 YEARS, BEFORE KINDERGARTEN) OAKLEY- MIN 4 KIDS, MAX 15 KIDS

AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119Make nature discoveries, and meet new friends!  This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) staff.  Parents stay with their children during the entire class. Preregistration is required

 

CRAFTY BEES AND BUTTERFLIES

(FOR ADULTS, AND KIDS AGES 10 AND OLDER WITH ADULT)

ANN MIN 4/MAX 20

Search colorful asters and goldenrod flowers for our helpful pollinators. After meeting a few; we go inside to create some through the craft of needle felting. We’ll use cookie cutters, wool roving and needles to make a bumble bee, green sweat bee, monarch or swallowtail butterfly. Snack provided!

 

SNEAKY SQUIRREL MYSTERY

(FOR CHILDREN, AGES 8+ WITH ADULT)

Stella the Squirrel has done it again! She’s rummaged through your belongings and now your precious magnifying glass is missing. Where can it be? Track down clues using a GPS unit to piece together where she’s hidden it. Closed-toed shoes and long pants recommended.

S'more Fun in the Sun

(For Children Ages 8+, with Adult)

Build solar ovens to cook tasty treats, power fans with real solar cells, meet an animal that uses the sun to power its movement, go on a hike around the pond, and finish up with fun activities in the nature play yard! We’ll learn a lot about how nature and people use the sun to survive.

Register online, and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16063

Magnificent Monarchs

(FOR ALL AGES)

Love Monarchs, and want to work to try to protect them? Find out why and how monarchs are tagged. Learn about their magnificent migration. See monarchs in their life cycle stages. Make a monarch seed bomb for native seed packets to sow that will help these beautiful butterflies survive.

Register online by Thursday, August 16 at and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16062

Super Spiders

(Ages 4-10, with adult, 11+) 

Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Meet live spiders and learn about webs and spider silk. Put together a spider identification book to take home. Hike to look for orb, funnel, jumping and crab spiders. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.

Register online by Thursday, August 9th and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16061

Phenology Walk

(Adults, and Children 10 and up with Adult)

Help the Nature Center study and record wildlife observations during the current season. Option to bring your own camera, smartphone or tablet and download the iNaturalist app ahead of time.  If rainy, program will be cancelled.

Register online by August 9 at and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16045

Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies!

(For children ages 3-8, with adult)

Dazzling colors and zippy flights. Do YOU have what it takes? Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. Use nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.

Register online by Friday, August 3, and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16060.

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