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Nature’s Corner: Nurture children’s creativity with outdoor exploration

— Recently, research has shown the importance of introducing children at an early age to exploring in nature, in an unstructured and to some extent unsupervised way. In this atmosphere, children engage in more creative forms of play and they play more cooperatively. This new research on children and the outdoors is not new to the staff at Beaver Lake. On Saturday, June 16, Beaver Lake Nature Center hopes everyone will celebrate the importance of children in nature, with the opening of the Nature Center’s Children’s Room. Thanks to a generous donation from Jay and Kathy Snedeker, in memory of their daughter Gretchen, the Nature Center’s desire to have a children’s room has been realized.

Within the children’s room there will be more than 500 books and games. The shelves will be stacked with paper, boxes of crayons, colored pencils and recycled fabric and paper – just waiting for the young artist, inspired after a hike on the trails or a walk to the lake. A low coffee table will be the right height to play a game and a canvas tent will be a perfect reading nook to cozy-up with a good book.

Through its programming, Beaver Lake recognizes the importance of getting children outside to play, to explore and be creative. The children’s room will continue this by encouraging children to be creative through the arts and literature, using nature as their inspiration.

Celebrate Children in Nature

Saturday, June 16

9 a.m. Mysterious Birdsong

Children in second through sixth grades will learn about how and why birds sing, and then using Identi-flyers, become familiar with several local bird songs. Next, a naturalist will take the children out on to the trail to listen for these birds, as well as other summery sounds in the woods.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nature Games

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