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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 $25 per child for members, or $30 per child for non-members. 

2019 Winter Series: Over & Under – The theme of the winter 2019 series of Trails & Tales is “Over & Under,” inspired by the book series written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Children (and their grownups!) will learn how animals use the world, both above and below the ground.

Tuesdays 10 – 11 AM, January 8, 2019 – February 12, 2019
Wednesdays 6 – 7 PM, January 9, 2019 – February 13, 2019

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 Second Thursday Science Program

EARLY 2019 SEMESTER

January 10 – Skills & Cells
February 14 – Cold Crystals
March 14 – Seeds & Spores
April 11 – Living Slime
May 9 – Amazing Aquatics

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 three times:10-11:30; 1:00 – 2:30; and 4:00 – 5:30.

This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time with presentation of a valid membership card or payment of admission. While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child.
The fee is $4 members / $5 nonmembers per class per child.

Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class. Classes will be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met.

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Third Thursday Science Program

EARLY 2019 SEMESTER

January 17 – Skills & Cells
February 21 – Cold Crystals
March 21 – Seeds & Spores
April 18 – Living Slime
May 16 – Amazing Aquatics

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: 10-11:30; 1:00 – 2:30; 4:00-5:30; and 6:00 – 7:30.

This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time with presentation of a valid membership card or payment of admission. While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child.
The fee is $4 members / $5 non-members per class per child.

Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill well in advance so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment.

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling (Ages 6 – adult)

Connecting Our Story to Nature: Journaling to Understand Science is a yearlong nature journaling program, supported by a grant from Indiana Humanities. This program will provide opportunities for learners to notice, wonder, and connect to the world around them through the seasons. Each session will begin with a naturalist providing a nature artifact, quote, excerpt from a nature writer’s work, or physical experience and will continue as students record observations and reflections using writing, drawing, painting, or other methods of creative expression.

Journaling both teaches us how to think more scientifically and allows us to connect with our subjects through art and language. Additional prompts and learning tools will be shared via a private facebook group for the parents of enrolled students and for enrolled adults. A nominal fee of $12 per person will hold your spot for the entire year of programming. Class sizes are limited and registration closes on January 4. Separate classes are scheduled for children ages 6 – 11, children ages 12 – 17, and adults.

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Nature Writing (Ages 10-14)

Students ages 10 – 14 will explore various forms of nature writing through this 8 week course, including poetry, essays, nonfiction, and short fiction. All materials will be provided. This is a drop-off program, and students should dress to be outdoors each week. Registration for this program closes on January 8, and class size is limited. Classes meet 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, January 15 – March 5.

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Junior Maser Wildlife Gardener Program (Grades 2-5)

Join certified Indiana Master Gardeners and Wesselman Woods naturalists for 6 sessions full of hands-on activities designed to teach youths grades 2-5 to identify and understand the wildlife you may encounter in a garden, recognize the basic components of habitats, and learn how to bring these components into your backyard to attract wildlife to your very own wildlife garden.  Work together with other students to create a native habitat inside the grounds at Wesselman Woods and also grow plants and create shelter elements to kickstart a home garden.  You may also earn awards and become a certified Wildlife Gardener!

Date     Theme
3/3        Picking a location
3/17      Attracting specific wildlife
3/31      Providing Food
4/14      Providing Shelter and Water
4/28      Identifying Wildlife
5/19      Service Project

Cost is $25 per student and includes the award pins and items to start a backyard habitat.  Students may miss one session and still meet the requirements to be certified gardeners.  Class size is limited to 25 students. Registration closes on February 24.

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