Opportunities abound for nature exploration
Give your kids a timeout. Time outside, that is. Away from their screens and into the fresh winter air. With a line-up of winter activities at Hickory Knolls, it’ll be easy to emerge from your indoor routine and into nature to discover animals, constellations, snow, trails and more.
Make scientific discoveries during various programs held from 1-2 p.m. every Monday such as:
• Surviving Winter Feb. 8 to discover how animals find food and shelter during these cold winter months with hands-on activities and a hike outside; and,
• Look to the Sky Feb. 22 to explore the cycles of the moon and constellations through hands-on activities and an outdoor hike.
Take a winter hike with your family to get a change of scenery, expel some energy and emerge yourself in the sounds, smells and sights of nature. Naturalist staff will lead the way, as you take in the wintery landscape and fresh air from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 13. The trails are not stroller friendly. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Families also will have the opportunity to paint together from 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 20. During the Family that Hoots Together hosted by Pinot’s Palette each member will contribute to a stackable keepsake painting.
Hickory Knolls has multiple activities for younger children to explore all nature has to offer – inside the discovery center and in the natural area.
During Outside Explorers from 9:30-10:15 a.m. every Thursday from Feb. 11-25, activities will be outside for guided hikes, making crafts and nature play.
From 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 you can share the love with your little one while attending the Critter Valentine’s Day Party in the Discovery Center, celebrating the holiday while making crafts and visiting critters.
And on Feb. 25 the Discovery Center will hold a special evening program, Tales with the Tails. From 6:30-7:15 p.m. children will enjoy bedtime stories chosen by the critters living at Hickory Knolls. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a blanket to spread on the floor.
Five & Older
The weekly program Nature Basecamp offers opportunities to explore the trails and outdoor activities as well as indoor crafts, science experiments and more. This program meets every Tuesday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 2-23, with two sessions: ages 5-7 and 8-10.
When school’s closed Feb. 15, Hickory Knolls is open. Children enrolled in Nature No School Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will explore science, nature and the critters at the discovery center. There are two sessions for ages 5-7 and 8-10.
That same day from 2-3:30 p.m., Hickory Knolls is also hosting Pinot’s Palette Painting – giving children 8-12 the opportunity to paint a “Winter Fox” scene on 8X10 canvas.
To register or for more information, visit www.stcparks.org
All activities are subject to COVID-19 restrictions.