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CHILDREN’S > Naturalist Explorers (ages 5‐8)

Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child, or drop them off.

Fall 2014 – Water World

Water covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body. Explore the wonderful world of water! Water cycles, a wetland field study, water creatures, and water labs will make this fall series a splash!

Date: September 6 –  December 6
Time: One Saturday a month at 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $18 Members / $33 Nonmembers per class

Registration begins August 1

September 6, 2014: What is Water Anyway?
Water is everywhere and is essential to all living things. It has many unique properties. We’ll use experiments & fascinating investigations to understand the chemical & physical properties of this vital molecule!
October 4, 2014: Wild & Wiggly Water
Just like you, water molecules can’t sit still; they are constantly in motion! We’ll play some fun games to see exactly where water likes to go, and explore some of the havoc & wreckage water can cause when it gets out of control.
November 1, 2014: Fresh Catch
Although only about 1% of the Earth’s water is liquid fresh water, it is essential to us and many other organisms. We’re going to get up close and personal with the Arboretum’s freshwater inhabitants to learn about the ecosystem of swamps and ponds.
December 6, 2014: Coastal Waters
97% of the Earth’s water is in the oceans. The Gulf Coast of Texas is one busy body of water. From economy to ecology, there is always a lot of activity in this saltwater body. We’ll discover why the ocean is salty and explore some of the fascinating organisms that call the Gulf Coast home.

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