Family Nature Night focuses on water on March 26
Water is all around us and the Dickinson County Nature Center is hoping to inspire families to care more about this precious resource.
Their monthly Family Nature Night program will feature two time slots with one at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26. The program will focus on water with the bilingual story, “I Know The River Loves Me,” by Maya Christina Gonzalez.
The book will feature Spanish and English.
“We chose this theme because we thought it would be fun and different to incorporate Spanish into a Family Nature Night. It’s exciting to learn words in other languages and I think participants will really enjoy a bilingual story time,” said naturalist Ashley Hansen. “I think it’s beneficial for children to be exposed to foreign languages, especially at a young age. We will also be learning about the water cycle and it’s important to know where our water comes from and where it goes. Some children may even find it surprising that water can be stored underground!”
In addition to story time, the program will teach the whole family about the cycle water goes through and there will be an opportunity to do some painting with watercolors and they will be playing some games.
“After the story we will go over the water cycle and learn some Spanish words related to where water can be found on our planet. Participants will play a game where they are water droplets and get to go on an incredible journey through the water cycle and we will finish up with a watercolor craft,” Hansen said.
In an effort to maintain social distancing each family will be placed at a table with art supplies for each child coming with them. It will be easy to social distance and families won’t have to share supplies in the interest of safety. Also, everyone age two and up will be asked to wear a mask. Space is limited for the event, so people are asked to call ahead and reserve a spot.
Hansen is exited to bring family members together to learn about water.
“I really enjoy seeing all members of the families work together and enjoy a night out together. Sometimes we see toddlers and moms at Nature Tots and older kids from the same family at school programs,” Hansen said. “I love to see the toddlers and their older sibling and mom and dad, and maybe even grandma and grandpa, all at one program.”
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