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Gena Garrett

Phone: (812) 479-0771
Extension: 102
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 Second Thursday Science Program

January 11 – Nature Detectives
February 8 – Salamander Meander
March 8 – Birds of a Feather
April 12 – Snakes Alive
May 10 – Eggs Everywhere

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

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

January 18 – Nature Detectives
February 15 – Salamander Meander
March 15 – Birds of a Feather
April 19 – Snakes Alive
May 17 – Eggs Everywhere

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

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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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 Fall Series:
Earth & Beyond

Wednesdays 6 – 7 PM, August 23 – September 27
Thursdays 10 – 11 AM, August 24 – September 28

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Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Program

Wesselman Woods is pleased to announce we will be offering the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist class for ages 9 – 13. Students will meet once a week for ten weeks on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 PM – August 29-October 24.

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 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.

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Field & Lab Methods

The Field & Lab Methods Course for students ages 10 – 15 will be held at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve on Tuesdays 12:00-2:00 pm, August 29 – October 24.  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.

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