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May 29, 2017

Ballard Park to Host 7 Children’s Workshops This Summer


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Friends of Ballard Park has announced that they will be offering weekly Children’s Workshops from July through August centered around the natural elements found in Ballard Park.  Classes are an hour and a half. Participants will hike the trails, examine wildlife habitats and learn about the value of nature.

 

Dates and topics are listed below:

 

July 6, 20171 to 2:30pm

Butterflies & Dragonflies

Butterflies and dragonflies are frequent park visitors. The two have many similar traits but each fills a unique niche in the world.  Butterflies help to pollinate flowers and are food for dragonflies! Children will learn about their similarities and differences and see how many they can find. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

July 13, 20171 to 2:30pm

Habitat Hike

Fox’s live in underground burrows called “earths” when they have young but outside of breeding season they live above ground in hollows.  Children will learn why animals choose to live in certain areas of the park based on their food and shelter needs through a habitat scavenger hunt. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

July 20, 20171 to 2:30pm

Bugs & Slugs

Everyone knows slugs leave a slimy trail, but did you know they use the chemicals in it to find their way home? Children will flip over rocks and dig in the dirt as they search for bugs and slugs then examine the creatures up close and learn more about their habits and habitats. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

July 27, 2017 – 1 to 2:30pm

Vernal Pond Life

Vernal means spring and Ballard Park’s vernal pond is full of life this time of year! A Friends of Ballard Park educator will explain the unique aspects of vernal ponds and students will use nets and microscopes to take a closer look at what organisms are living in the water.  The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

 

August 3rd, 20171 to 2:30pm

Eco Scouting

A forest, vernal pond and meadow can all be found at Ballard Park. Children will hike trails and view these different habitats, teaming up to find and identify two organisms in each ecosystem and determining what resources they require to survive. We are likely to find jumping spiders, crickets, salamanders, fungi, cinnamon ferns, quaking aspens and more. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

August 10th, 2017-1 to 2:30

Chapter on Raptors

Raptors have keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight. Children will learn about the hawks, falcons, owls and ospreys that may be found in the Ballard Park and dissect an owl pellet to figure out which animals are eaten as prey. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

 

August 17th, 2017

Geo-caching

There is a hidden secret in Ballard Park! Help find a concealed geo-cache by deciphering a riddle and using GPS coordinates to navigate. Once the first one is found, children will work together to create a geo-cache that will remain in the park for future adventurers to discover. The class is best suited for children 6 to 12 years old. Fee is $5 per student. Adults are free and encouraged to attend. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance. Rain date is the following Monday. Email: education@ballardpark.org  or call (401) 619 3377 to register.

 

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