Explore Your Watershed 2016

Walks and Talks in the Six Mile Creek Natural Area

Ithaca, New York – January 18, 2016 The Friends of Six Mile Creek and the Natural Areas Commission of the City of Ithaca announce the fourth annual educational series for children age 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, retired Ithaca City School District teacher, demonstrates how nature study helped her students become stronger scientists, readers, writers, and mathematicians in her book, To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Her experience complements the expertise of five naturalists who will each lead one themed workshop: Animal Tracking, Stream Safari, Wonderful Wild Flowers, Native Trees and Creepy Crawlies. Kids (accompanied by a parent) can participate in one or more of these fun, educational, and free activities in 2016.

Each session will start at the parking area of the Mullholland Wildflower Preserve just off Giles Street on Saturdays at 1:00PM and run until 2:30PM. Bring a journal or notebook. No signup required. Contact Laurie (272-8491) or Anna (379-0924) for more information.

The schedule is as follows:

February 13 – Animal Tracking with Linda Spielman

There’s lots going on outside in winter, but it takes a detective’s mind to find and understand the clues. We’ll look for tracks, chews, scat, and other kinds of evidence to help us figure out what kinds of wild animals live near us and what they are doing.

April 16 – Stream Safari with Phil Koons and Jamie Lovett

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 7 – 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 4 – Gentle Giants with Jeanne Grace

Trees are the tallest plants on the planet. They provide animals with clean air, shade, food, and habitat. Come meet the native trees that live in Ithaca and learn how to identify them by their flowers, leaves, and bark. Eat a tree flower, search for animal signs, and hug your favorite tree.

June 18 – Creepy Crawlies with Jason Hamilton (new this year)

Have you ever looked under a rock or rolled over a log? There’s a whole world of invertebrate life waiting for you to discover. We’ll learn about the insects, worms, centipedes and other creepy crawlies that live in the forest as we search for their hiding places.

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