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Do you remember how fascinating it was to explore your yard as a child?  Or, maybe you have witnessed the joy that your children have experienced as a ladybug landed on their arms. 

Now is the time to encourage your preschooler’s love of nature! Beginning September 8, 2015, preschool children will have the opportunity to come together and explore all that the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. In each class, your child will be engaged in hands-on learning experiences that promote an early connection to nature. 

From forests to prairies to wetlands, preschoolers will explore the world around us. Using songs, finger plays, and stories they will discover how animals and plants make up a habitat and how they adapt to that habitat. Participating children will learn how animals that are awake at night cope with living in the dark. They will also get to dig into dinosaurs and fossils and watch the season as it changes into fall and heads toward winter. In Preschool Nature Explorers, we will also talk about our responsibility to nature, and what we can do to help the plants and animals around us. We’ll explore the many different habitats on the sanctuary, and get up close to living animal visitors. Your preschooler will also have the opportunity to meet other children who are interested in science. 

Using observation, “hands on” activities in the classroom and seeing live animals up-close, the children will learn to connect their experience on the forest trails, prairie and ponds using all of their senses and scientific methods. 

Sign up now!  Classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from September 16 – December 15. For more information and registration, please visit heardmuseum.org/preschool.

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