From press release
Rockford Park District’s Atwood Center invites youth ages 6-12 to experience and explore nature through several new guided hike programs in February. The programs are some of the many low-fee activities offered by the Rockford Park District.
Wilderness Explorer includes searching for animals and their homes, tracks and other signs; a live Birds of Prey program, a puppet show, and a snack are also included.
Woodland Survivor participants will learn basic outdoor survival and safety skills, and will make s’mores over the fire they build.
Birds of a Feather activities include searching for birds in their habitats, winter tree identification, and building a bird feeder.
A Walk Through Time features Native American honor games, archery and an animal tracking hike, as well as learning about and touching reproductions of bone and stone tools, and making a traditional effigy pot.
Various morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled for Saturdays, Feb. 5-26 for $7 per child ($9 non-resident), which includes a hike as well as indoor activities and a snack. Save $2 per participant by signing up for two programs in one day; participants are asked to bring a sack lunch if enrolling in both morning and afternoon programs on the same Saturday. These programs may fulfill requirements for Cub Scout and Brownie Junior badges.
Atwood Center is in Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road, Rockford, and encompasses 334 acres of woodland, prairie, river and marsh habitat. Atwood is home to the Birds of Prey program with owls, hawks and bald eagles in residence for visitors to enjoy.
Registration information and complete program schedules and descriptions are available online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org, in the Park District’s Winter/Spring 2011 youth guide (also available online), at Park District Customer Service and facilities, or by calling (815) 987-8800, where information about support for people with disabilities is also available.