Junior Explorer: Leaf Litter Critters

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Junior Explorer: Leaf Litter Critters

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. 

Fall is arriving soon and leaves will begin falling. But, what happens to those leaves once they leave the tree? Groups of critters called decomposers recycle the fallen leaves back into the soil so plants can continue to grow. Centipedes, snails, worms, and many others act as nature’s garbage men. Join interpretive rangers as we investigate what kinds of critters do mother nature's dirty work.

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. Directions to 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! 

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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!

Free to Parklands Members; $5 to non-members

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