American River Conservancy presents Kids’ Discovery Day on Saturday, May 17. Often times, the “unstructured play” element of outdoor experiences is overlooked. This is an opportunity for children ages 5 and older with their parents, to enjoy a day of unstructured outdoor play and exploration.
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The conservancy invites families to come and join ARC’s education team for a brief morning discussion and activity. Then the conservancy will loan-out exploration backpacks, complete with some handy nature tools (e.g. critter collection boxes, magnifiers, nets, binoculars, field guides, etc.), so visitors can embark on a self-guided nature walk through the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park .
When ready return the exploration backpacks to the Nature Center and share exciting moments. The conservancy will keep a record of it and update it each time a program is hosted.
Whether you’re an avid outdoor adventurer yourself or a budding outdoor enthusiast, this is sure to be a fun and inspiring avenue for all to share the wonders of the outdoors with others.
The program starts at 11 a.m., with the intention that participants join the conservancy for a 20-minute group discussion and activity of the day, check-out the exploration backpacks, then embark on a self-guided nature walk with whatever timeframe desired.
Backpacks need to be returned to the American River Nature Center by 3 p.m.
Call 530-621-1224 for meeting location (Coloma area) and to sign up or e-mail [email protected] There is a suggested donation of $5.