GRAFTON >> We're big fans of Earth Day at the Nature Museum; this beautiful planet deserves recognition each day, but all the same we will readily spend this particular day celebrating the Earth. Visit us on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a special program for youth and families in honor of Earth Day. An indoor program, titled "Predators and Prey," by Environmental Educator Jamie Maloof-Schilling, will be followed by a moderate hike in the forest and fields surrounding the Nature Museum.
The power and prowess of a predator are amazing, but so are the skills and abilities of their prey. Through stories, games, and touchable artifacts we will learn how animals find a meal–or avoid being dinner. Hone your natural instincts while playing games that tap into your sense of sight, smell, sound, and touch. There will be plenty of interaction with fur, pelts, and bones to learn how carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores are connected. The web of life will come alive at our Earth Day Party!
"Predators and Prey" is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., plus the Museum's natural history exhibits, educational mounts, and hands-on activities will be open to explore until to 1 p.m. on April 22. The program is open to all ages; admission is by donation. Walk-ins welcome but a RSVP is always appreciated. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townsend Road in Grafton. Find out more at our website, www.nature-museum.org.
If you were lost in the wilderness, Jamie Maloof-Schilling, an educator in wilderness and survival skills, is one person you would want by your side. Jamie spent ten years leading the Wilderness Adventure Program at Kindle School's three campuses, teaching and helping staff pass on a wide range of wilderness expertise to high-school-age children. In addition to such skills as tracking, building fires, and first aid, she also taught students how to work together, and how to respect and enjoy the wilderness.
Jamie also assisted in wilderness skills education at the Vermont Wilderness School's Otter Day Camp and Oyase Summer Program. She conducts her own wilderness survival program, Outdoor, Wilderness, Learning, and Survival (O.W.L.S.), at area elementary and home schools.
The Nature Museum is a regional resource for nature, science, and environmental education in the Vermont and New Hampshire communities of the Connecticut River Valley. The Nature Museum offers a gem of a natural history museum as well as year-round nature programs for adults and children. Find more information about The Nature Museum on its Facebook page and on its website (www.nature-museum.org).