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Weekend: A spring break wildlife education

Weekend: A spring break wildlife education
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THE HANCOCK PARK District will present “spring break day camps” March 27 to 29 for kids aged 6 to 12 at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include the signs of spring’s arrival, identifying a variety of animal wings and the nature of eggs. Previous years included youngsters learning about rocks and fossils (above) and discovering the characteristics of trees. (Photo provided)

Hancock Park District will present “spring break day camps” for 6- to 12-year-old youngsters on signs of spring, wings on animals and plants, and animals that lay eggs March 27 to 29 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
Register, with $15 per child by 8 a.m. the day before each camp by visiting or calling the Hancock Park District headquarters on East Main Cross Street, 419-425-7275, or online at www.hancockparks.com under the “Programs and Activities” tab.
Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle. A medical form is required and available online or at the park district office.
The programs will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 20 per session.
The camps include:
• “Signs of Spring” will explore the spring season with park district personnel from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Participants will learn about soil testing and plant monitoring and how they indicate spring’s arrival, and they will also observe the increased wildlife activities at the park as the birds return to northwest Ohio after their winter vacation and animals wake up from hibernation.
• “Wings of Wonder” will explore different kinds of wings on animals and plants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. Campers will do crafts, activities and games to learn how wings are constructed, how they’re used and what they’re made of. Animals researched include swallowtail butterflies, flying squirrels, little brown bats and barred owls, with a special guest making a possible appearance.
• “Eggceptional Eggs” will allow participants to learn about animals who lay eggs (amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish) through crafts and experiments involving eggs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. The program staff has an incubator set up with turkey and duck eggs that will be very close to hatching about the time of camp.
For more information, call the park district office.



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