Kids and Nature – A Natural Fit

By Sue Dingwell

ARMN members launched a new Nature Club this spring at  Campbell Elementary School for first and second graders who attend the school’s Extended Day program. Campbell, which is adjacent to Long Branch Park, installed a wonderful new wetland last year, and the Nature Club seemed like a great way to keep a focus on the importance of this newly created resource.

As you can see, fun is the main goal! The children are enjoying a mix of science and artistic expression, with time for exploration and enjoyment of the natural world. They are observing, collecting, recording, experimenting, hypothesizing, and collaborating while they learn about the wetlands. Last week the children released tadpoles from Long Branch Park into one of the ponds.

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Photos courtesy of Sue Dingwell

If you are interested in joining in for a day (Wednesdays) to see what it’s like, or just to help out with another set of hands, please drop a line to:

Pat Findikoglu – Patfin2@aol.com
Sue Dingwell – sue@dingwell.net

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