The Discovery Center at Mill Mountain in Roanoke has a great schedule of low cost evening and weekend nature classes and activities for children. As of today, September 12, each of these classes has lots of space left for new participants; registration can be completed online through PLAY Roanoke.
Here are the kid-friendly classes through the beginning of November listed by date:
A Fungus Among Us
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Students will learn all about fungi: what it is, its life cycle, and where it can be found. This class will include a mushroom hunting walk outside around Mill Mountain Park.
Batty About Bats
Friday, September 21, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Description: Students will learn what makes bats amazing, why ecosystems need them, and how to attract them to live near (but not in) your home. The program will finish with a trip outside to look for bats flying in the night sky.
Outdoor Survival Skills
Friday, September 27, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Description: Students will learn to build a shelter and what to do if they get lost, and will also create an outdoor survival kit to take home.
Ages: 7 - 13
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Students can enjoy the spectacular fall scenery on Mill Mountain with a 1.5 mile hike while learning what the native plants and animals are doing to prepare for winter.
What Else Can I Do With A Leaf?
Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Students will learn why leaves change color in the fall, take a walk outside to collect and identify colorful leaves, then make fun leaf art and crafts.
Ages: 5 - 11
Star Gazing - The Stars Near and Far
Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Mile Post 139
Description: Participants will take a closer look at the stars of the autumn night sky, some far away, and some nearby and will learn more about each "star" they examine.
Ages: All Ages Welcome
Let's Go Hole Hunting!
Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Description: Many animals in the Appalachian forest have made their homes in holes. Students will learn how different animals have adapted to "hole living", will go on a "hole hunt" and make a related craft.
Ages: 5 - 11
If you found this information useful, please click on the subscribe link above to be notified by email whenever this Examiner posts a new article.