The Center de la nature offers story time on Saturday mornings
Saturday mornings at the Dickinson County Nature Center pick up the pace.
With the New Year, they’re bringing back an old program that never really got a chance to get started.
The Saturday Morning Stories will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8. The program will take place on the second Saturday of the month until the end of the year.
“Saturday Morning Stories was a new program in 2020, but due to COVID we were only able to have three programs for three months. We’re doing it again in 2022, ”said Jessica Bode, community relations coordinator at Dickinson County Nature Center. “Saturday Morning Stories is a program for kids to come and enjoy story time with our naturalist or environmental education coordinator. It’s a great program to start your Saturday mornings!
Hosting a program on Saturday is a new adventure for the nature center.
“We decided to run this on Saturday because we wanted to provide more programs for parents who can work or be busy during the week,” Bode said. “We also wanted to promote a program on Saturdays to remind people that we are maintaining our regular hours even in the winter. We also want to encourage people to visit the nature center on Saturdays. “
Unlike some of the other Nature Center programs, there will not be a set theme one year in advance.
“There won’t be a theme for each month, but each month will have a different story based on the interests of the naturalist and the EE coordinator as well as what was happening in nature at the time,” Bode said. “I am very happy to see the variety of books that will be read throughout the year. I think there will be something that will interest everyone!
The first program on January 8 will help transport participants to a place much warmer than the freezing cold N’West of Iowa.
“The first Saturday Morning Stories in January will start with EE [environmental education] coordinator Bryanna, reading “Over and Under the Rainforest” This book celebrates the rainforest of Costa Rica, “said Bode. “Bryanna chose this book because she just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and she would like to share her experience with history.”
The goal of the nature center is to educate the community about the natural world around them and stories and books play a vital role in helping them accomplish their mission.
“The goal of the program is to engage children in fun story time reading. It gives kids the chance to learn about a variety of topics in a fun way! This program is for all ages, but more for children ten and under, ”said Bode.