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Naturalist Programs

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Preschool Story Time
Wednesday April 9
11:00 am
Sycamore Park

Join us for our monthly preschool storytime. We'll take a short hike in search of wildflowers, listen to a story, and make a craft to take home. Meet at Sycamore #1 shelter (nearest the park entrance).

Spring Hike
Saturday April 12
1:00 pm
Sycamore Park

Lace up your hiking boots. We'll hit the trails of Sycamore Park and the Wilson Nature Preserve. Hike is approximately 3 miles long and is moderately strenuous. Trails may be muddy, so dress appropriately. Meet at the bridge.

Marsh Madness
Friday April 25
8:00 pm
Chilo Lock 34 Park

The sounds of spring come alive at night as the male frogs and toads spend the evening singing away in search of a mate. Bring a flashlight and waterproof boots or shoes, as we explore the marsh in search of these vocal amphibians. Meet in the visitor center.

Wildflower Walk
Sunday April 27
1:00 pm
Sycamore Park
The forest floor at Sycamore Park comes alive in a carpet of color during the month of April. Join us as we explore the trails and enjoy the wonderful coor of our early spring wildflowers. Trails may be muddy, so come prepared. Meet at the bridge.

Wetlands Walk
Sunday May 4
2:00 pm
Shor Park

Take a naturalist guided walk through the recently completed 10 acres at Shor Park. We'll search for migrating songbirds, listen for the chorusing of frogs and toads, and discover more about the recently completed wetland restoration project.

Matt Maupin Memorial Kid's Fishing Tournament
Saturday May 10
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pattison Park

Children 15 and under are invited to drop a line at our annual free fishing tournament, sponsored by the East Fork Bass Anglers. Winners will be announced in each age category. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to each child.

Preschool Story time - Salamanders
Wednesday May 14
11:00 am
Sycamore Park

Join us for our monthly preschool storytime. We'll listen to a story, make a craft and get an up close visit with this month's animal - a salamander! Meet at Sycamore # 1 shelter (nearest the park entrance).

Creeking Hike
Saturday May 31
1:00 pm
Sycamore Park

Be prepared to get your feet wet! We'll hike up one of the small creeks in Sycamore Park in search of salamanders, crayfish and other critters. Wear old shoes or boots. Meet at the bridge.

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