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Fun and Useful Weather Concepts for Budding Meteorologists

by Jennifer Dawson, Freelance Contributor Most of the learning experiences that children have today are led by the use of technology (such as tablets or computers). Rather than going out into the world to study a subject, children and teens sit behind a device to read and watch media about a given topic. Studies have shown that this overuse of technology can actually change the way children think in a negative way. Decreased memory and a decreased use of imagination are just two of the side effects of excessive exposure to technology.  When it comes to learning about nature, the best teacher is nature itself. This is especially true when trying to teach children about weather. The sky, wind, and other current conditions give clues about future weather conditions…

Easy Campfire Recipes That Kids Love To Make

by Jennifer Dawson, Freelance Contributor As spring is almost here, it’s expected that children will be eager to head outdoors for some active and healthful fun. As kids benefit from spending time in nature, it is important to give them the opportunities to do so as often as possible for their health and well-being. One of the best ways that children can enjoy fresh air and sunshine is to go camping, which is still one of America’s favorite outdoor activities. But before sending your little ones to nature camp, you may want to teach them a few basic skills to have a more enjoyable time while camping. Learning to cook, in particular, will always be a useful skill that serves your children well in camp and will…

Ms. Rumsey’s Class Guest Blogs

Today we’re sharing some short blog posts from the 2nd graders from Ms. Rumsey’s Class at Salem Lutheran School. The students were visited by our Traveling Naturalist Sama and had an opportunity to meet several of our educational animals. Miss Sama Today I learned about some really cool animals.   There was a Snake, a really cute Bunny, Millimeter and a Cockroach.   It was really fun we got to touch them too. We learned that bugs are really important because they help us live. One time some people got all the wolfs and took them to a different place and the deers were so happy they ate all of the plants but they ran out of food so the government said to let the wolf’s back…

Summer Campers get Snakey

In the Environmental Nature Center’s After Camp today, Campers were introduced to the world of snakes and their relationship with the environment. They started off with a brief hike to explore.  Shortly after hiking, the campers found themselves drawing and coloring snakes made of paper plates. After carefully cutting them out, the campers took pictures posed with their snake, and then hung them on nearby trees to startle unsuspecting hikers.  Once the campers cleaned up and hiked back to camp, Camp Teacher Katie brought them into the museum and read the story of Verdi the snake. After story time, the campers were eager to see a live snake like the one they just heard about. Instead of a yellow snake, Katie pulled out a giant…

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