Parks offer sugaring program


Staff report



DARKE COUNTY — Darke County Parks would like to extend another invitation to teachers for the 2015-16 school year to get your students outside.

Their curriculum-based school programs are a great resource that all teachers are encouraged to take advantage of. From Feb. 16 through 25, Darke County Parks will be offering their favorite seasonal school program: Nature’s Sweet Treat.

This program allows students to observe the process of turning sap into the sweetest of nature’s treats, maple syrup.

Topics will cover the science behind maple syrup as well as the rich cultural history of maple sugaring. Students will have the option of trying some maple sugar and fresh maple syrup at the end of the program as well.

The program will last for one hour, and classes are welcome to eat their packed lunch before or after the program.

Pre-registration is required, so please call the Nature Center, and ask to speak with Robb Clifford.

All field trips are now provided at no cost for all Darke County Schools.

The naturalists at the Darke County Parks District are excited to also offer a whole sundry of other programs. All the programs meet the newly revised state science standards and can be an excellent complement to classroom studies. Some of the topics offered are life cycles, plants, habitats, geology, natural resources, and more. Students don’t just learn about natural history.

Several schools explore Darke County’s rich cultural history through tours and demonstrations in the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House and the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

If squeezing in a field trip is not an easy option, the naturalists can bring a program into your classroom. These are only a fraction of the programs the Darke County Parks staff has to offer. Naturalists can tailor a program to your students’ specific needs. Please give the Nature Center a call at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org for a full list of upcoming events for winter and more information on all of the programs Darke County Parks provides.

Staff report