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Gardeners offering children’s program Saturday

Kids can go beyond their backyards

POSTED: September 13, 2013 12:28 a.m.

Lou Vanek is expecting plenty of squeals and giggles Saturday.

The Forsyth County Master Gardner, along with 15 others, will present an educational program called Backyard and Beyond for Kids.

Vanek said the program, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the recently opened Post Road library, will help children ages 3 to 10 learn more about the natural environment right outside their doors.

“We try to encourage [children] to learn more about nature because they think you get everything from the grocery store,” Vanek said. “You know, [they think] milk comes from the grocery store. They don’t understand it comes from cows. So we try to do activities with them to help them learn.”

Led by Master Gardeners, the program will feature five stations with information about bees, worms, bats and birds. Children will rotate through the stations, spending about 15 minutes at each.

“We’re doing things just to introduce them to these creatures,” Vanek said.

“Like the guy who’s doing the bee station will bring some of his gear and talk about their habitats. There’s a Power Point on bats and the sounds they make.”

As for the birds, Vanek said the kids will get to create their own bird feeders from pine cones covered in shortening and bird seed and recycled materials like water bottles.

“And the worms, that’s the coolest thing,” she said. “Kids will love that because it’s talking about composting and how worms help our garden soil.

“We’ll actually have trays out there and the kids will wear gloves and get to pick up the worms.”

Space is limited and filling fast. Those interested should register to attend at the library’s Web site or by calling (770) 781-9840.

Vanek said the program, which hasn’t been presented for about four years but Vanek hopes will start again at local libraries, should be enjoyable for everybody.

“You’ll hear the squeals, mainly from the worms,” she said. “It’s always fun.”


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