Families4Nature

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Join the millions of families who recognize that playing outside together is fun! To encourage kids and parents to unplug and explore the outdoors, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, ERC and Little River Wetlands Project are partnering to launch a new initiative called Families4Nature that includes a year-long calendar of programs and events. Print your passport and start earning points. When you get 100 points, turn in the sheet to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for a prize and one FREE Child Admission Ticket to the Zoo! Visit http://kidszoo.org/conservation/you-can-help/ for more info.

Families4Nature Activities at the
Environmental Resources Center

Each program meets at the ERC in room G53 on the ground floor of the Science Building on the IPFW campus. Each event is from 11 am – 1 pm, limited to 30 people per event (including adults) and is geared for children ages 5-12. Programs are free to attend, but registration is required and can be done by phone (260-481-5725) or email (erc@ipfw.edu). When registering, please tell us how many people will be attending in your party and provide a contact name, phone number and/or email for your group. Registration will close for each respective program one week before the program is held.

Animal Investigator
January 18th 2016

What critter made that track? Whose scat is that? Find out how to identify native wildlife without having to actually see them by the various signs they leave behind. Make a cast of an animal footprint and get hands-on experience with some of the unique tools scientists use to find and follow wildlife.

Nature Know-how
May 21st 2016

Do you need an iPod to go out into nature? No, but there are certain things you should always have with you if you’re planning to explore off the beaten path. Learn about various ways and what items are essential to keep you safe and well while enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest. Go for a short hike with ERC staff along the IPFW River Walk to learn about native plants (including some you should avoid) and more. Show off your artsy side by making rubbings from leaves of local trees.

Helping Wildlife at Home
June 11th 2016

You don’t always have to go miles out into the wilderness to experience and help nature. Discover fun facts about native plants and animals and simple ways to make your backyard a certified wildlife habitat. Make a toad abode and receive seeds from wildflowers to plant so you can provide a hangout for animals that visit your house.

More info on Nature Play can be found at: https://www.aza.org/nature-play/