Provides Day of Animal Exploration, Interaction and Learning Adventures
Do you have a scout in your family who loves animals? Are you a leader of a den or troop seeking a fun, educational winter activity? Then sign up for Scouting Animal Adventure Day Saturday, February 9, at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles.
Hickory Knolls and Primrose Farm will team up to provide hands-on animal education for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts ages 5-12 from 9-10:30am or 1-2:30pm.
The discovery center will be set up with four animal stations: goats, chickens, reptiles including turtles and snakes, and evidence of animals. For 20 minutes in each station, scouts will explore the lives of these animals, sure to spark their curiosity and help them better understand their characteristics, and the similarities and differences between species.
Specifically, scouts will explore wild animals versus pets, and working animals versus domesticated. They will walk away with a deeper knowledge of which animals are native and nonnative; who are considered carnivores, herbivores or omnivores; and other interesting facts. Along the way, Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on grooming and feeding.
Scouts also will put on their detective hats and learn how to find evidence of particular animals through their tracks and scat.
“Animal Adventure Day is a great way for scouts to meet advancement and badge requirements, while engaging in activities that provide a hands-on connection to nature,” said Laura McCoy, Hickory Knolls Nature Education Supervisor.
The dens and troops will be separated by age and each station will be presented in an age appropriate manner.
Leaders must accompany each scout troop or den. The fee for each scout is $5 for residents and $8 for nonresidents. Adults are free. Advanced registration is required at www.stcparks.org. Leaders may register multiple scouts.
Hickory Knolls is located at 3795 Campton Hills Drive. For more information, contact Laura McCoy at 630-513-4399.