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Zach Garcia

Phone: (812) 479-0771
Extension: 102
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Trails and Tales 

Trails and Tales is a hands-on 6-week series for naturally-curious minds, ages 3-5, and their caregiver. Classes may include outdoor activities, hikes, and animal encounters. An evening session and an afternoon session are offered.

 Nature’s Clean-Up Crew

All living things create waste, whether it is leaves falling from trees, animal scat, organisms that have died, or packaging material from a new toy. How are we not standing on top of a mountain of rubbish!? Join us at Wesselman Woods for Nature’s Clean-Up Crew, the 2019 fall series of Trails and Tales!

Monday’s session will meet 5:30-6:30 on September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14

Tuesday’s session will meet 1:00-2:00 on September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15

Price: $45 for non-members, $40 for members

Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before the start of the series, but classes typically fill well in advance so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. Classes will be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met.

This is not a drop off program, a caregiver must remain in the class with the enrolled child.

Please contact Zach Garcia at if you have any questions about our programming or registration.

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Second Thursday Science Program

FALL 2019 SEMESTER

“IN THE SKY” THEME

September 12th: The Night Sky  

October 10th: There & Back  

November 14th: Clouds Above  

December 12th: Towering Trees  

Children ages 10 – 14 explore nature & science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, animal encounters, and outdoor experiences. Classes meet on the second Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at three times: 10:30-12:00; 1:00 – 2:30; 4:00 – 5:30.

Price: $20 for all four courses, $7 nonmembers for one course, $6 with membership for one course

This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time with presentation of a valid membership card or payment of admission. While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child.

The fee is $7 nonmembers / $6 members per class per child. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill well in advance so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. Classes will be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met. 

Please contact Zach Garcia at  if you have any questions about our programming or registration.

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Third Thursday Science Program

FALL 2019 SEMESTER

“IN THE SKY” THEME

August 15th: Insects in Flight  

September 19th: The Night Sky  

October 17th: There & Back  

November 21st: Clouds Above  

December 19th: Towering Trees  

 

Children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9 explore nature & science through themed lessons incorporating hands-on activities, experiments, animal encounters, and outdoor experiences. Classes meet on the third Thursday of each month. Children can attend one, a few, or all of the scheduled classes. We offer sessions at four times: 10:30-12:00; 1:00 – 2:30; 4:00 – 5:30; and 6:00-7:30

Crossed out sessions are full for all dates.

Price: $25 for all five courses, $7 nonmembers for one course, $6 with membership for one course

This is a drop-off program, though parents and siblings are welcome to visit the nature center and trails during class time with presentation of a valid membership card or payment of admission. While the program is perfect for homeschoolers, it is open to any child.

The fee is $7 nonmembers / $6 members per class per child. Registration and payment must be received no later than the Tuesday before each class, but classes typically fill well in advance so plan accordingly. Due to the popularity of the program, we cannot hold spots without payment. Classes will be canceled if minimum enrollment is not met. 

Please contact Zach Garcia at  if you have any questions about our programming or registration.

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling (Ages 6 – adult)

Connecting Our Story to Nature: Journaling to Understand Science is a yearlong nature journaling program, supported by a grant from Indiana Humanities. This program will provide opportunities for learners to notice, wonder, and connect to the world around them through the seasons. Each session will begin with a naturalist providing a nature artifact, quote, excerpt from a nature writer’s work, or physical experience and will continue as students record observations and reflections using writing, drawing, painting, or other methods of creative expression.

Journaling both teaches us how to think more scientifically and allows us to connect with our subjects through art and language. Additional prompts and learning tools will be shared via a private facebook group for the parents of enrolled students and for enrolled adults. A nominal fee of $12 per person will hold your spot for the entire year of programming. Class sizes are limited and registration closes on January 4. Separate classes are scheduled for children ages 6 – 11, children ages 12 – 17, and adults.

Kids’ nature journaling classes meet the following Sundays:

January 13

January 27

February 10

March 10

April 7

May 5

June 9

July 14

August 11

September 8

October 13

November 10

December 8

 

Ages 6 – 11 meet from 12:30 – 2:00 PM and ages 12 – 17 meet from 2:30 – 4:00 PM

Kids Class Registration

Adult Class Registration


Junior Master Wildlife Gardener Program (Grades 2-5)

Join certified Indiana Master Gardeners and Wesselman Woods naturalists for 6 sessions full of hands-on activities designed to teach youths grades 2-5 to identify and understand the wildlife you may encounter in a garden, recognize the basic components of habitats, and learn how to bring these components into your backyard to attract wildlife to your very own wildlife garden.  Work together with other students to create a native habitat inside the grounds at Wesselman Woods and also grow plants and create shelter elements to kickstart a home garden.  You may also earn awards and become a certified Wildlife Gardener!

Date     Theme
3/3        Picking a location
3/17      Attracting specific wildlife
3/31      Providing Food
4/14      Providing Shelter and Water
4/28      Identifying Wildlife
5/19      Service Project

Cost is $25 per student and includes the award pins and items to start a backyard habitat.  Students may miss one session and still meet the requirements to be certified gardeners.  Class size is limited to 25 students. Registration closes on February 24.

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