The Parklands newest Outdoor Classroom program is perfect for kids ages 5-12, teaching science and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging kids to get outdoors and active! Junior Explorers are invited to join monthly educational adventures at the Ben Stout House every first and third Saturday of every month. During each program, Junior Explorers will dig into a new natural history topic while actively exploring outdoors.
Beaver build dams, termites build mounds, and ants build hills. On Saturday May 19, we will investigate these critters and many more to learn how they engineer their environment to suit their needs. Then we will take a hike to investigate beaver activity on Floyds Fork! The group will meet at the Ben Stout House in Turkey Run Park at 10:00am. Please come prepared with comfortable walking shoes, water, and a light snack. The program will go rain or shine unless there are hazardous weather conditions. Please follow the link below for directions to the Ben Stout House.
*This program is best suited for kids ages 5-12. Monthly activities are FREE to Members (but please RSVP below) and $5 for non-members (children and adults). Join us for these fun, learning events!
This is a great perk for Parklands Members with kids!
Click the "book now" button below to register
HOW TO BECOME A JUNIOR EXPLORER:
Not yet a Junior Explorer? No problem! Get started today by printing out your Junior Explorer guidebook to complete by yourself or with the help of an adult. Once finished, bring your guidebook to the PNC Achievement Center for Education & Interpretation in Beckley Creek Park where a Parklands Interpretive Ranger will check your answers, swear you in as a Parklands Explorer and provide you with a special Junior Explorer pin to honor your achievement!
Once you’ve become a Junior Explorer, join our Interpretive Rangers for monthly educational adventures in the Outdoor Classroom!
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