Saturday, June 11th between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us as we learn about water through observation, experimentation and exploration. Every living thing needs water to survive but we rarely stop to think about what that means. What is in our water? How can litter effect water? How can the ground clean the water? What natural elements float in water? We will be diving deeper by creating a small boat out of natural elements and seeing if we can make it float. We can work together to learn what helps our water supply and what hurts it and what we can do to make our water cleaner.
Party Like a Geology Rockstar!
Saturday, July 9th between 11:00 am – 4:00pm
Caves! How are caves made? Why are they always the same temperature? Why are some caves deep and some not? What kind of creatures live in caves? At the Highland’s Nature Sanctuary we are fortunate to have lots of caves to look at and explore. Join us to learn about caves and then enjoy exploring Marble cave and Mckimmie’s cave, 2 of the original 7 caves. Bring a flashlight and get excited!
Special Event: Sam Jaffe’s Caterpillar Lab – live caterpillars on host plants
Saturday, July 16th, between 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sam Jaffe is the founder of Caterpillar Lab, a New Hampshire nonprofit that fosters appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of the natural world by using the mind-bending, gorgeous creatures we know as caterpillars as a gateway experience. Sam is back in Ohio with his practiced talents of putting together a caterpillar lab “on the road.” Witness at his collection of live caterpillars feeding on their native food sources over the weekend, and marvel at their colors and diversity of form. Caterpillars will be returned where they were found at week’s end to continue their metamorphosis.
The Tree – mendous Giants of the Forest!
Saturday, August 13th between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Why do trees look different from each other? Why is some bark rough and some smooth? Why do some trees have flowers and some don’t? Can you name many trees? This month’s Nature is Neat is focusing on the TREEmendous giants of the forest. Trees are all around us, but how many types does the normal person know? This event will help you be a tree expert. After a fun scavenger hunt, participants will be able to take home a tree identification book to keep and learn even more about the trees in their own yard.
Caterpillar Round – Up
Saturday, September 3rd between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Naturalist John Howard for a caterpillar extravaganza! Live caterpillars collected from around the Sanctuary will be on the display for you to see. Learn about their lifecycles, what their host plants are, and fascinating methods of camouflage. Caterpillars will be returned where they were originally found to continue their metamorphosis.
Fall-ing in Love with Color
Saturday, October 15th between 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Every year after the stifling humidity of summer we look forward to the beautiful changing leaves and the crisp fall temperatures. Join us as we explore the season of fall. Why are leaves green? Why do they change color? Why do leaves fall from trees? Why does the change happen when it gets cold? We will talk about all these questions and more at this fun event. Come explore our trails with family and friends and experience the beauty of fall first hand.