Campus’s Environmental Interpretive Center to offer naturalist program for 9- to 12-year-olds

August 15, 2006

DEARBORN / Aug. 15, 2006---The Environmental Interpretive Center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is accepting registration for its 2006-2007 Young Naturalist Program, a year-round study of the natural world for children ages 9 through 12.

Program sessions, which are held once a month September through June, give participants a chance to combine experiences in the outdoor classroom with indoor laboratory investigations using microscopes and other tools of science.

The program calendar is as follows:

• Sept. 30 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Pond Study

• Oct. 14 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Insects and Spiders

• Nov. 10 -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- Owl Prowl

• Dec. 9 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Tree Detectives

• Jan. 13 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Pawprint Signatures

• Feb. 10 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Life Beneath the Ice

• March 3 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Maple Sugaring

• April 14 -- 9 a.m. to noon -- Mystery Field Trip

• May 12 -- 9:30 a.m. to noon -- Birds and Migration

• June 9 -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Frogs and Turtles

Each participant will receive a field pack with a journal, hand lens, bug box and field guides to use during the program. Participants will spend most of the program outdoors exploring the Natural Areas on the UM-Dearborn campus.

The cost of the program is $70; enrollment is limited to 30 children. Deadline to register is Sept. 15. To register, call 313-583-6371.

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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn