By BETSY WAIT
Weldon Springs will offer a Science and Nature Adventure Program Series, June 7–10, in order to cultivate curiosity, a love of learning and an appreciation for nature among young thinkers.
Children and their mandatory adult guests have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational experiences; sessions take place twice daily and cover four main themes: science, engineering and chemistry investigations, water, ecology and prairie art.
On June 7, participants will conduct experiments, build structures, make observations, record data and test their engineering and chemistry related ideas. On June 8, attendees will explore the physical, chemical and natural world of water through games and hands-on experiments. Ecological exploration will take place June 9 when participants go on a nature scavenger hunt and create nature crafts. The Science and Nature Adventure Program Series will finish the week off on June 10 when children and their adult guests discover the colors, textures and beauty of the Howell Prairie through acrylic painting, clay sculpting and natural dye.
Although sessions take place both indoors and outdoors, participants are advised by Weldon Springs staff to dress appropriately for an active day, use sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a water bottle.
Pre-registration is required for all participants, and attendees can sign up for one or several free sessions of their choosing. Morning classes run between 9 a.m.-noon and afternoon sessions will take place between 1-4 p.m. Contact the Weldon Spring Site at (636) 300-2601 or send an email to WSInterpretiveCenter@lm.doe.gov, to reserve a spot today.