Tamarack Nature Center will again offer a free, family-friendly weekend program series this summer covering a range of nature topics. The Drop-In Discoveries programs will take place Saturday mornings and run from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors are free to come and go from the programs as they choose, and no pre-registration is required.
Drop-In Discoveries programs will be led by Tamarack’s volunteer Discovery Hosts and will feature up-close visits with live animals, including Tamarack’s resident owls, snakes and salamanders. Participants will also get hands-on experience with touchable artifacts, like skulls and skins, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.
The series begins June 7 with Wanna Be a Backyard Birder?, which is being held in partnership with the Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities. Local birders and volunteers will lead the session for novice birders of all ages. Basic bird guides, binoculars, bird call recordings and other resources will be available to help adults, kids, and families discover the diversity of birds in their own neighborhoods.
Additional program dates and topics for the 2014 summer series are:
June 14 – Meet the Bees & Beekeepers
June 21 – Owls Up Close
June 28 – Dragons & Damsels (Dragonflies & Damselflies)
July 5 – Reps & Phibs
July 12 – Backyard Composting (with Ramsey County Master Gardeners)
July 19 – Bones, Fur, and Feathers
July 26 – Meet the Bees & Beekeepers
August 2 – Worms at Work (Worm Composting)
August 9 – Fall Garden Planting (with Ramsey County Master Gardeners)
August 16 – Building With Buckthorn
August 23 – Owls Up Close
August 30 – Honey Harvest & Tasting
All programs will be held at Tamarack Nature Center, located at 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township, MN 55110. Visitors are encouraged to visit the front desk the morning of each program for specific program locations. Topics are subject to change, and changes will be posted online and to the Tamarack Nature Center Facebook page whenever possible.