2015 Summer Youth Programs at Ricketts Glen State Park – This series, is designed to help children, ages 4 through 17, learn about their natural world. These fun and exciting programs allow young people to GET OUTDOORS and explore, experience, and enjoy their environment!
HIDE & SEEKERS (Ages 4-5):
– “Turtles and Tadpoles” – July 13 & 14 — 10 am-noon
Most children are fascinated by reptiles and amphibians. Through a series of activities, games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and woodland exploration, children will get the opportunity to discover the secretive world of turtles and frogs up close. We’ll explore the importance of camouflage, habitats, and animal behavior necessary for survival.
OUTDOOR EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8):
– “Under the Sea” – July 27 & 28 — 9:30 am-noon
On this adventure, we will take a journey into the ocean to visit little Nemo’s home territory and explore all the other creatures that live there! We will learn the importance of clean water, and what we need to do to keep it that way! You’ll even make some sea creatures of your own to take home and take care of.
PENN’S ADVENTURERS (Ages 9-12):
– “Ocean Connections” – August 11 & 12 — 9am-noon
What’s so important about an ocean? What’s happening to our waters that we need to be aware of and why do we talk so much about conservation? And what is happening to the animals that live in them? We’ll be doing some underwater explorations as we dive into the oceans for our answers to this and more. We will even set up a “simulated” ocean right in our activity center! Join us for some creativity and fun!
CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (Ages 12-17):
– “Wilderness Survival Skills” – July 21, 22, & 23 — 9am-noon
In this program, youth will get the opportunity to study, hands-on, the basics of wilderness survival! We will touch on first aid, setting up survival shelters, fire-starting and preparing campfires, outdoor cooking, identifying edible and poisonous plants, and animal tracking! (Bring water or a drink. Suntan lotion/bug spray, if desired.)
– “JOURNALING THROUGH NATURE” – August 3 & 4 — 9:00am-noon
Join us as we take our observational skills outdoors to explore, sketch, and document life in woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and the lake! Nature journaling is FUN and gives youth a chance to slow down, connect to nature, harness their creative energies into organized thoughts, and develop a love of writing and art!
For additional information or to REGISTER for these upcoming programs, contact Judy Adamic at (570) 477-7780.