Five eager young participants and their parents attended the first Nature Journaling workshop, Animal Tracking, on February 9. Despite the few inches of new snow, our guide, Linda Spielman, was able to point out some interesting features of canine footprints, and interpret other signs and patterns in the snow that indicated that deer and a fox had been active in the Wildflower Preserve not long before. Laurie Rubin shared her nature journal with the kids, and they paused often to draw what they observed and make notes in their own!
The Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission of the City of Ithaca announce an exciting new educational series in 2013 for children aged 7-12. Nature Journaling for Kids will introduce children to the natural history of the Six Mile Creek Natural Area. Facilitated by Laurie Rubin, participants will observe and learn about animals and plants while they record their impressions in words and pictures.
Rubin has introduced second and third graders to nature journaling as a teacher at BJM and Cayuga Heights schools. Her experience complements the expertise of the four naturalists and teachers who will each lead one themed workshop: Animal Tracking, Stream Safari, Wonderful Wild Flowers, and Native Trees. Kids (accompanied by a parent) can participate in one or more of these fun, educational and free activities in 2013.
We’ll meet at the parking area of the Mulholland Wildflower Preserve just off Giles Street. Journals will be provided or bring your own. Contact Laurie (592-0835) or Anna (379-0924) for more information.
The 2013 schedule is as follows:
April 13 – 1 – 2:30 pm Stream Safari with Phil Koons
Did you ever wonder what kinds of critters live in our local streams? Join us on a Stream Safari to learn about the insects, fish and other organisms that live beneath the water’s surface. We’ll collect live samples and explore an exciting new world!
May 4 – 1 – 2:30 pm Wonderful Wild Flowers with Betsy Darlington
Spring wildflowers seem to magically rise from the forest floor and then, almost as quickly, disappear, not to be
seen again until the next spring. Join us to learn the names (and secrets) of these fleeting flowers of the
Mulholland Wildflower Preserve.
June 1 – 1 – 2:30 pm Native Trees with Ethan Dropkin
Trees are an important part of the environment around us; they provide us with clean air, shade, food, and lumber. We’ll learn about some of the trees in our local forests, how to identify them and what they can tell us about the greater environment.