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Summer nature series for children


July 9, 2014

HAWLEY, PA — Join the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center for programs geared toward budding junior naturalists ages five to 10 (also welcoming all ages) for hands-on activities that will spark creativity and appreciation for the natural environment. Bring your children prepared to be outdoors. Email pplpreserves@pplweb.com or call 570/253-7001 to register for these free programs, which will be held on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 23 to August 16. All programs run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Wonderful Wiggly Worms!
Wednesday, July 23
Learn about worms and the important work they do. Find out how to make a worm bin for composting. Each student will make a wormery to take home. Plan on getting your hands dirty. Dawn Krautter, a local nature enthusiast and Wallenpaupack School District educator, will lead this program.

Rocks Rock!
Saturday, July 26
Learn about rocks and check out a rock collection. Spend time collecting, observing and comparing rocks along the nature trail. Students will use permanent markers to create unique designs on rocks. An alternative to permanent marker will be available for those who request it. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dawn Krautter will lead this program.

Watercolor Wow!
Wednesday, July 30
Using the plants, leaves, and ferns from around Lake Wallenpaupack to inspire you, create watercolor paintings. Join Dave Hamill, Wallenpaupack Area High School art teacher, for this colorful program. Watercolors usually wash out, but bring a smock or play clothes, just in case.

Amphibian and reptile adventures
Saturday, August 2
Amphibians and reptiles are most likely found enjoying the dampness of the forest floor. Lift rocks and logs searching for critters. Find insects, salamanders, frogs and more. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Northampton Community College biology professor and director of Pocono Avian Research Center, Jackie Speicher, will lead this adventure.

Wild Times and Tales
Wednesday, August 6
Join PPL for a story and activity about a Pennsylvania native animal: the skunk. Get to see the featured friend live, up close and personal. Kathy Uhler from Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will read “Skunk at Hemlock Circle” and lead a craft.