The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make a shadow puppet, investigate backyard birds and become a sleuth, while constructing a plaster of Paris track kit, during KWEC’s February Saturday morning programs.
Designed for children ages 6 through 12, one-hour programs will be offered at no charge from 10-11 a.m. each Saturday. Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadlines in sequential order of the classes are Feb. 1, Feb. 15 and Feb. 22. To register for classes, or for more information, call 620-566-1456 or the toll-free number, 877-243-9268. The maximum class size is 20 children. Although there is no program charge, donations for supplies are always appreciated.
Shadow play: Feb. 4
The ground hog isn’t the only animal that wakes up in February. We’ll investigate how other animals survive winter’s long, cold nights. Celebrate ground hog’s day with shadow games, making a shadow puppet, activities and crafts, while meeting a couple of fun mammals.
Snow birds: Feb. 18
Every winter “snow” birds come to Kansas, joining their hardy feathered friends that make Kansas a year-round home. Discover which birds travel to Kansas and how they survive winter’s cold. In addition to making a bird feeder, we’ll travel outside to find some snow birds and enter them in the national Backyard Bird Count. Binoculars will be provided or you can bring your own. Dress warmly!
Animal signs: Feb. 25
Winter is a great time to look for animal signs – things they leave behind. We’ll travel outside to find tracks, scat and other “signs,” make a plaster track kit and “candy” scat to take home. Dress to go outside.