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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:43

Summer programming starting at the Cradle of Forestry

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Summer educational series are now underway for kids 4-12 at the Cradle of Forestry in America.

• Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club, for kids 4-7, will offer programs 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Thursdays, June 15 to Aug. 10. The sessions will offer a variety of outdoor-oriented activities, each week exploring a different forest-related theme designed to engage children in the natural world around them. Participants will receive a copy of the book Woodsy Owl’s ABCs and make a topic-related craft to take home. 

This year’s topics are: June 15, insects and spiders; June 22, aquatic animals; June 29, frogs and salamanders; July 6, birds; July 13, foxes, coyotes and wolves; July 20, turtles, snakes and lizards; July 27, backyard animals; Aug. 3, black bears; Aug. 10, turkeys. 

• The Junior Forester program, for kids 8-12, will offer outdoor experiences 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 14 to Aug. 9. Each week will focus on a different kind of scientist that works in the forest, with participants offered hands-on activities to explore these careers’ importance to natural and cultural heritage. 

This year’s topics are: June 14, entomologist; June 21, research forester; June 28, meteorologist; July 5, geospatial analysts; July 12, hydrologist; July 19, herpetologist; July 26, archeologist; Aug. 2, wildlife biologist; Aug. 9, social scientist. 

Youth should come prepared for two hours outdoors with closed-toed shoes, a small backpack and water. Participants will receive a Junior Forester badge and patch. 

The cost for all programs is $4 per child, per session, and $2.50 for adults. Space is limited, with registration required by calling 828.877.3130. Adults with America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports admitted free. Cost also grants access to all the trails and exhibits available at the Cradle of Forestry. 

The Cradle of Forestry is located along U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, about 35 miles south of Waynesville. 

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