Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“Hike & Seek” with us on Saturday

Posted by: Katie Remine, Education

Connecting children to nature is essential to our mission and we do it every day on zoo grounds. But nature is all around us and we’re always excited about the opportunity to take nature lessons outside of the zoo gates and head into the community. We’ll be doing just that on Sat., Oct. 16 at Seward Park where we’ll be taking part in the National Wildlife Federation’s Hike & Seek family event—and we’d love to see you there!

A cross between a nature hike and a scavenger hunt, Hike & Seek is a great way to get your family and friends out into nature and experience a local park in a whole new way. Step off from base camp after loads of activities for all ages, and use your map and mission guidebook to create your own interactive nature experience. Along the way, you’ll learn about trees, water, plants, animals and birds.

Woodland Park Zoo staff will be there to guide the Stop & Study station on animals. Families will have the opportunity to solve an animal track mystery and learn how each animal has a unique footprint that provides clues about their behavior. We don't always see wildlife when we explore the outdoors, but by learning to read animal tracks, we can discover the secret lives of animals in the habitats we share. Investigating wildlife tracks is a great family activity, as it builds on children's innate curiosity about wildlife and presents interesting puzzles for families to solve together.

For info on registration, fees and directions, head to www.hikeandseek.org. We hope to see you out there!

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