The Four Winds Nature Institute is looking for volunteers to help teach the wonders of the natural world to local school children. This includes parents, grandparents and any other members of the community interested in sharing their love of nature with children.

Founded in 2006, the Four Winds Nature Institute is a non-profit organization advancing the understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education. It provides children with meaningful opportunities to explore the natural world in their own schoolyard and neighborhood. And it strengthens communities by bringing people together each month to learn and connect.

Four Winds' Nature Program offers monthly two-hour natural science workshops for adults to instruct them on specific topics and how to pass on that knowledge to children in an engaging way. This includes puppet shows, age-appropriate instruction and hands-on experiments. Children learn important science concepts and practice science skills such as asking questions, making observations, recording data and communicating information.

The workshops are held at Twin Valley Elementary School on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year, from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. After the workshop local volunteers will help coordinate the classroom instruction times.


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This year's topics include Insect Life Cycles, Traveling Seeds, Birds on the Wing, Winter Ways, Trees in Winter, Galls Galore, Songbird Songs, and Flower to Fruit.

For more information on Four Winds, visit www.fwni.org. For more information on the program at TVES, contact Carol Hartman at 368-2945.