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Gena Garrett

Phone: (812) 479-0771
Extension: 102
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Trails & Tales Preschool Program

Trails & Tales is a seasonal nature celebration that connects children ages 3-5 to their natural world. For 1 hour every week for 6 weeks at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, children will play and learn through indoor and outdoor exploratory activities and physical movements. Activities include stories, games, art projects and hands-on investigations. A caregiver must stay with the child during the class.

Pre-enrollment is required for the 6-week series, and space is limited to 15 children per class. Each series is $20 per child for members, or $30 per child for non-members.

Pre-enrollment is now open for the following series:

2017 Spring Series:
Habitats Are Home
Wednesdays, March 8 – April 19 – 6-7 pm (no class March 29)
OR Thursdays, March 9 – April 20 – 10-11 am (no class March 30)

To register online, 
—- Click here to register for Wednesday classes
—- Click here to register for Thursday classes

To register at the Nature Center, please print this form and return to the Nature Center with your payment.


 

Second Thursday Science Program

Children ages 10-14 will explore nature and science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, and outdoor experiences. Classes will meet on the second Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at two times: 

1:00 – 2:30  
6:00 – 7:30

While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child. This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time. Parents and siblings who stay must pay the admission fee or present a valid membership card. 

The fee is $4 members / $5 nonmembers per class for the first child, $4 members / $5 nonmembers for the second enrolled sibling, and $3 members / $5 nonmembers for each additional enrolled sibling. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill fast so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. To register, please contact Gena (information above.)

January 12 – The Dirt on Dirt
February 9 – Underground World
March 9 – Nature’s Clean Up Crew
April 12 – Magnificent Moss
May 11 – Ecosystem in a Jar

Download Second Thursday Registration Form


Third Thursday Science Program

Children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9 will explore nature and science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, and outdoor experiences. Classes will meet on the third Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at four times: 

10:30 – 12:00
1:00 – 2:30 
3:30 – 5:00 
6:00 – 7:30

While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child. This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time. Parents and siblings who stay must pay the admission fee or present a valid membership card. 

The fee is $4 members / $5 nonmembers per class for the first child, $4 members / $5 nonmembers for the second enrolled sibling, and $3 members / $5 nonmembers for each additional enrolled sibling. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill fast so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. To register, please contact Gena (information above.)

January 19 – The Dirt on Dirt
February 16 – Underground World
March 16 – Nature’s Clean Up Crew
April 20 – Magnificent Moss
May 18 – Ecosystem in a Jar

Download Third Thursday Registration Form


Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program is an introductory program of nature discovery for children ages 9-13. Participants are introduced to Indiana’s natural heritage through topics including native animals, native plants, land use, water quality, human impact on natural resources and others. Course activities will consist of hands-on projects, animal encounters, and outdoor explorations and follow curriculum and guidelines established by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Upon completion of at least eight of the ten course sessions and six hours of volunteer work at any Indiana natural resources property, participants can become certified as Junior Indiana Master Naturalists and receive a certificate of completion and a patch.

Class sessions will meet at a variety of local natural sites which may include Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Howell Wetlands, Pigeon Creek, and Eagle Slough Natural Area. Parents will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from each week’s site.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Gena at 812 479-0771 x102 or to register. The fee is $60 per child for the ten-week course ($50 per child for members), and registration and payment are due on or before February 14. To download a registration form, visit our website.

Class will meet from 4 – 6 PM on Tuesdays, February 21 – May 2 (no class March 28). For more information about the statewide Junior IMN program visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-imn-jr-overview.pdf

 

Download Registration Form Here 


Field & Lab Methods: Forest Ecology

The Field & Lab Methods Course for students ages 10 – 14 will be held at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve this semester, with a focus on forest ecology. Students who have previously taken the field & lab methods course will be able to attend without repeating a significant amount of material.

Participants will be introduced to a range of scientific field and lab methods, including:
>> creating and surveying an outdoor study plot
>> use of microscopes and other field and lab equipment
>> recording, analyzing, graphing, and reporting data
>> identifying plant and animal species

Enrolled students should have an understanding of multiplication, division, and percentages, and will be asked to make field notes and create graphs.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Email Gena Garrett at [email protected]ciety.org with questions. The fee is $60 per child for the ten-week course. Class will meet from 10 AM – 12 PM on Tuesdays, August 30 – November 1.

Download Registration Form Here 


 Nature Photography Class

Kids ages 6 and up are invited to attend a four-part beginners’ nature photography course, led by Shanon Pruden of Shanon Miranda Photography. Classes will meet at Wesselman Woods Nature Center on Sundays, February 19, March 19, April 23, and May 21. Students ages 6 – 8 will meet from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and students ages 9 & up will meet from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. This is a drop-off program and students should dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Each student should bring a simple digital camera to use in class. Smart phones / iPhones / iPods are acceptable, but we recommend a protective case.

The class is free for members. Non-members must pay nature center admission before attending each class ($3 ages 3 – 11 and $5 ages 12 & up). Registration is required (facebook RSVPs don’t count). Due to the popularity of the class and limited class size, please do your best to attend each session. Please contact Gena at 812 479-0771 ext 102 or for more info.


Nature Photography Club

Hosted by Shanon Pruden, owner of Shanon Miranda Photography. The photography club is open to kids ages 10 and up. Younger children who previously participated in Shanon’s beginning photography classes at WWNP are also welcome to attend. Club members will participate in photo walks and challenges and receive instruction and tips from experienced photography mentors. This is a drop-off program and participants should dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Each student should bring a simple digital camera to use for club activities. Smart phones / iPhones / iPods are acceptable, but we recommend a protective case.

 

Photography club will meet on Sundays from 2:00 – 3:00 PM on January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7

The club is free for members of Wesselman Woods. Non-members must pay nature center admission each month ($3 ages 3 – 11 and $5 ages 12 & up). Kids must have a program waiver on file at the Wesselman Woods office to participate. Please contact Gena at 812 479-0771 ext 102 or for more info.