Are you looking for fun and educational activities for your children outside the house? Read & Explore, our winter and spring educational series, includes fun and informative programs to get young minds thinking about nature and the world around them. Children gather for a fun hands-on program inside one of our heated buildings.
After educational program and story time the children participate in an activity to take home. Then the children participate in educational activities and a craft that may include decorating a gingerbread cookie, making a paper bag animal, building a bird feeder or planting seeds in the greenhouse.
Read & Explore programs are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Each session lasts about an hour. The cost is $12 per child and includes the activity.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
We will read “The Gingerbread Man” and then each child will decorate a big gingerbread man cookie to take home. Kids will be amazed at how many gingerbread man ingredients come from farms.
We will read books about animals in winter and talk about wintertime in nature. After story time, we will make bird feeders with wild bird seed for everyone to take home and help the birds through winter. Weather permitting, we’ll visit our farm animals and see if we can match tracks to each.
Learn about how animals keep themselves warm in winter. We will read two stories about animals and explore the sense of touch with wool, feathers, etc. Each child will make a paper bag animal to take home with lots of “fluff.”
Birds are starting to think about making homes for their babies. We will read stories about birds. Each child will make a birdhouse and get some nesting material to take home.
We will get ready to wake up from winter and prepare to start gardening. As St. Patrick’s Day is the traditional day to plant peas and spinach and get the garden ready, we will start our gardens early! Our reading is a selection from “Frog and Toad Are Friends.” Each child will plant seeds to take home.
Learn about turning our “garbage” back into soil. We’ll read stories about worms and compost. Each child will make a compost container to take home.