As always, Cheryl has organized another great season of nature classes for homeschoolers at Emily Oaks. Sign up quick because these things fill up!

Scoutin’ Around at Emily Oaks

Winter 2008

Sessions will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The content
for Tuesday and Wednesday of each week will be identical. Specific
age requirements exist for each session and are detailed below. No
children under the age of 6 will be allowed to register. Fees vary
according to the session. At least a portion of every session will
be outside—please dress for the weather. Layering is essential and
warm winter boots and snow pants will be beneficial.

Snowwalk/Earthwalk ($7/child)
Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 or Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
1:15-2:45 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Be invited to a snow scoop party and discover some of winter’s buried
treasures. Participants will use their senses to explore nature in
winter in a variety of fun ways!

Geology Rocks! ($7/child)
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 or Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Have you ever wondered about the world beneath your feet? How
minerals grow or how mountains are built? Come learn about the bones
of the Earth — rocks! Use the same tools and techniques that
geologists do to explore and identify the materials that make up our
home planet.

Snow/Ice Formation ($7/child)
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 or Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Learn how a snowflake is born and explore the uniqueness of
snowflakes. Find out about the “Snowflake Man,” Wilson A. Bentley
and his amazing techniques used to photograph snowflakes. We’ll also
investigate the formation of ice and its structure.

Groundhog Day ($9/child)
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 or Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Discover what Groundhog Day is all about when you meet our guest of
honor, a five foot tall talking groundhog! Learn what it means when
the groundhog sees its shadow, and hear the secrets of its amazing
winter life. Our celebrity groundhog may invite you outdoors to
visit its home, so be sure to dress warmly for the weather. Then
head back inside to make your own groundhog shadow puppet!

Build-a-Birdfeeder ($12/child)
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 or Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
1:15-3:30 p.m.
Participants ages 6-7 will need an adult to stay.

The cold weather feeding habits of birds will be explained.
Participants will construct a wooden bird feeder using a hammer and

Soaring, Swooping, Fluttering: Paper Airplane Models of Flying
Animals ($9/child)
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 or Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Did you ever wonder how different wing shapes affect how different
animals fly? Animals fly in a variety of ways for a variety of
functions. We can imitate their flights with paper airplane models.
Learn what kinds of wing designs work best for different critters,
from bats to birds, and then join us in making a variety of paper
airplane models and testing them out. How does a pigeon fly as
compared to the aerodynamic peregrine falcon? You be the judge!

Survival Skills—Animals Active in Winter ($7/child)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 or Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

1:15-3:15 p.m.

Ages 6 and up.

Brrr! It’s cold outside! Luckily we have coats and heated houses to
keep up warm. What about all those critters who don’t have a heated
house? How do they survive the cold winter? Come find out how
squirrels, birds and other creatures that are out and about in winter
survive the cold, snowy months.

Survival Skills—Animals at Rest in Winter ($7/child)
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 or Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Some critters want the winter to go by as quickly as possible and
they have developed some amazing ways to pass the time! Some sleep
the winter away in cozy layers of fat and others turn into living
popsicles with sugary antifreeze for blood. Come warm up to the
critters that spend the winter slowed down and find the places where
they chill out!

Spring Equinox, Seasons and Weather ($7/child)
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 or Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Ages 6 and up.

Learn how to recognize the monumental shift from winter to spring and
all the changes that allow life to flourish! Our slice of the earth
begins to warm and wet springtime weather moves into our region. You
will discover the cosmic changes that influence weather patterns and
what to expect on springtime outdoor adventures!

Eco-Friendly Crafts ($9/child)
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 or Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
1:15-3:15 p.m.
Participants ages 6-7 will need an adult to stay.

Get ready to express your creativity while limiting your impact on
the planet! Make beads from magazine pages, fashion greeting cards
into treasure boxes and much more! Even create your own masterpiece
using a wide array of recyclable items.


Pre-registration will be required. Registration deadline is Friday,
January 11th. Please fill out the attached registration form and fax
it to (847) 933-4328, mail it or bring it to Emily Oaks Nature Center
to sign up in person. Payment will be due at the time of registration.

Each session must have a minimum number of participants in order to run.

Any questions can be directed to Cheryl Toohey, School-age Program
Coordinator who can be reached at (847)674-1500 x2525 or at

Emily Oaks Nature Center is located at:

4650 Brummel St.

Skokie, IL 60076

Phone: (847)674-1500 x2500 or (847)677-7001

Fax: (847)933-4328

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