The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will offer a special streamside insect walk for families with young children on Saturday, June 8.
The event, entitled "Up the Creek," will be held in Ranson's Flowing Springs Park from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. It will be aimed at families with children ages 6-9. It will provide youngsters and their parents with a fun opportunity to learn about insects that live in and around streams in our area.
Insect nets, magnifying glasses and wading boots will be provided. Participants can bring their own wet-area footwear if they wish.
Enrollment will be limited and pre-registration is required. There will be a fee of $5 per family.
This event is part of a new Audubon program, called "Outdoor Explore!," that is intended to promote 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.
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.