The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special evening children's event at its Yankauer Nature Preserve in Berkeley County on Saturday, Oct/ 13.
The event will be for children ages 6-9. Entitled "Bugs, Bones and Bats," it is intended as an educational alternative to the haunted houses that are so prevalent around Halloween. Children will explore the preserve's woods and learn about the animals and insects that are active there during the early evening at this time of year.
The event will last from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be a $5 fee for each child. Enrollment will be strictly limited to ensure that all children receive personal attention, and pre-registration is required.
The Yankauer Preserve is located on Whiting's Neck Road, just off Scrabble Road, north of Shepherdstown.
This event is part of a new program, called "Outdoor Explore!", which is intended to give youngsters a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world in a safe, supervised way. Its activities include hiking, exploration of different local habitats, plant and animal identification, and other natural science activities.
All sessions are aimed at children ages 6-9.
Jan Hummer, an experienced natural science educator, is leading each program session.
The program is being made possible by a grant from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.