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Furoshiki and Stories about Stars at the ENC!

This week at the Environmental Nature Center!

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Tuesday, December 3, 6 pm

Many cultures tell stories about the stars and their meanings.  Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell on the darkest night of the month under the New Moon to learn to identify some of the major constellations and enjoy the tales that the Greek storytellers told as we sit under the stars.  Cost is $6 per participant ($5 for members). This program is for humans age 6 and up.   Reservations required. No refunds.



Creative Wrapping:  Furoshiki Workshop

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 pm

Have you heard of “furoshiki?”  These beautiful Japanese wrapping cloths have been getting a lot of attention lately.  They’re an eco-friendly way to wrap gifts, carry groceries, decorate the home, and so much more!  Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell for an evening of creative wrapping, and learn techniques for wrapping everything from wine bottles to watermelons – just in time for the holidays! This program is for adults. $10/person.  Pre-payment is required. Space is extremely limited. No refunds.


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December 5 & 12, 12:30-1:30PM

Visit the ENC to relax and strengthen with some basic to intermediate yoga techniques.  Yoga works on the body and mind and is suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities.  It promotes strength and flexibility as well as good posture.  It gives us tools for relaxation and concentration. Some previous yoga experience is helpful. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we have some available to borrow.  Wear stretchy or loose clothes. Fee: $6 ($5 for members). Please let us know you’re coming.


ENC Excellent Educator Series: Positive Reinforcement from the ground up! 

Thursday, December 5th, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

The ENC Excellent Educator series brings all kinds of educators together for fun afternoons of learning exciting hands-on ways to teach children about science and nature.  Everyone is invited!  Classroom teachers, outdoor educators, scout leaders and parents – anyone who wants to be a better educator. How do we get our lessons into students’ heads while maintaining excitement and keeping everyone engaged? Come learn or brush up on group management techniques. Utilize your time and stage as a good presenter and exercise positive reinforcement for the classroom or outdoor classroom.  Listening is key to learning, as is teaching in a way that gets students excited to listen and participate.  Topics covered will include: positive reinforcement (the technique and method), working the crowd, “Say, See, Do Teaching,” engaging the students, keeping the novelty and listening. Attend three “Excellent Educator Series” workshops and receive an ENC t-shirt and an “ENC Excellent Educator” certificate to show off to your peers (and your students).  Please sign up online. $10

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