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Kids can take the chance to combine fun and play with growing a life-long love of nature at the free �Knee-High Naturalists� event, specifically for young and imaginative children, ages 2 to 6, on Sunday, June 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum in South Chagrin Reservation in Bentleyville.
�Knee-High Naturalists� focuses on young children and their families to discover the wonderful world of the great outdoors. Children and their families can explore, play, learn, and more through nature exploration.
Some of the activities include:
� Hikes with �Nora the Explorer� - Naturalist Nora Sindelar leads children on hikes full of nature discovery.
� Giant Habitat Felt Board - Children have fun placing hundreds of animal images on a 30-foot long felt board representing pond, field and forest habitats.
� Touch Table - Skulls and pelts to discover up-close, with a naturalist on-hand to answer questions.
� Design a kite - Children can design a kite to take home and fly after practicing their flying skills. There is a $5 fee.
Kids also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the live animal exhibit, make crafts, play in the discovery sandbox, enjoy entertainment by Musical Mark or dress up in nature costumes.
Adults should be sure to bring cameras to capture the lasting memories, as there will be photo opportunities, too.
Light refreshments available for sale at the event.
Parking for the event is at The Shelterhouse Picnic Area, located off Hawthorn Parkway, east of SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Bentleyville - north of the Route 422/Route 91 exit. From The Shelterhouse Picnic Area, visitors can cross Hawthorn Parkway to the all purpose trail, and follow along Arbor Lane to the entrance of the Arboretum.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-247-7075.
Kids can combine exploring nature and playing at an event just for them - the �Knee-High Naturalists� event in Cleveland Metroparks - Discover, Enjoy, Protect!