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OPT’s PBS Kids “Explore the Outdoors” with April events

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Explore the Outdoors will conclude the April series of events in Fassnight Park.

Explore the Outdoors will conclude in Fassnight Park on April 30 with Community Wide Play Day, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield Department of Environmental Services.

Ozarks Public Television and PBS KIDS will celebrate Mother Nature in April with “Explore the Outdoors,” featuring themed on-air programming, online games and activities, and special local events designed to encourage kids and families to discover nature at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

PBS KIDS’ science and nature-based series, Wild Kratts and Nature Cat will feature new episodes, including a special Earth Day episode of Nature Cat on April 25, and the 100th episode of Wild Kratts on April 28.ExploretheOutdoors.png__320x120_q85_subsampling-2

Here is the schedule for “Explore the Outdoors” events during April:

Come court a frog and get the jump on learning about frogs and toads

Come court a frog and get the jump on how frogs get along in nature on Tuesday, April 12.

LITTLE ACORNS: SPRING PEEPERS
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Tuesday, April 12 at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. The Springfield Conservation Nature Center staff will lead children through activities to gain a better understanding of frogs. Ages 3-6. To register, call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

STORY TIME WITH MS. LADYBUG
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m.
Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver reads a nature story and shares activities with 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. No registration is required.

Turtlemania

Turtles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can learn about them at Turtlemania in one of two sessions on Thursday, April 14 and again on April 16.

LITTLE ACORNS: TURTLEMANIA
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Thursday, April 14 at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Learn the names of common turtles in all sorts of shapes and sizes and discover where and how they live. Ages 3-6. To register, call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Dickerson Park Zoo
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at Dickerson Park Zoo with hands-on conversation learning station and zookeepers chats. Also, watch the zoo’s animals “hunt” when zookeepers hide papier-mache eggs filled with treats or use other egg-themed enrichment items.

LITTLE ACORNS: TURTLEMANIA
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m.
Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Learn the names of common turtles and discover where and how they live. Ages 3-6. To register, call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY
George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO
Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Want to be a firefighter? A police officer? A wildlife biologist? A teacher? You can be all in the National Park Service! Come learn about resource protection, education and management in the National Park Service at the National Junior Ranger Day!

PARENTS AS TEACHERS STORY TIME
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Friday, April 22 at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Parent Educators from Parents As Teachers will offer a “Nature At Its Best” story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is 45 minutes in length. No registration required.

HIKE FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Friday, April 22 at 1 pm
Join a naturalist-guided hike to learn about plants and animals. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and and bring journals, cameras, and binoculars. Ages 5-adult. To register, call 417-888-4237.

LITTLE ACORNS: SPRING PEEPERS
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m.
It’s time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. Nature Center staff will lead children through activities to gain a better understanding of frogs. Ages 3-6. To register, call 417-888-4237. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month.

ART IN THE PARK
George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO
Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate George Washington Carver’s love for art. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops utilizing pastels, natural dyes, pencils, and more.

CONSERVATION KIDS: CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn about making good environmental choices, recycling and what kids can do to make our earth a little more “green.” Enjoy a fun, interactive evening as you compete in a “green” shopping spree with the City of Springfield Environmental Services staff. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237.

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS PLAY DAY
Fassnight Park
Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Wide Play Day, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. This free event is an opportunity for children and families to interact and learn through play. Be sure to visit the booth hosted by OPT and the Springfield Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Conservation to get some PBS Kids goodies, adopt a tree, sign up for the kids fishing program, investigate nature and the creek and more.

 

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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