Newsflash: birds do not live in nests year-round! They occupy nests only to lay and hatch eggs and raise their young, leaving the nests behind after the babies are sent out into the world. This means that birds have to build nests at least once every year—most starting from scratch instead of reusing old ones. Finding all the material and carefully fashioning it into a safe place to raise babies is a lot of work. You can help!
Kids 3 to 6 and their caregivers can make-and-take a bird nesting material basket, allowing different wild birds to come and take things for their building. At home, you will want to hang it in a place where you can watch to see what the birds take. A bonus craft project will be “practical anthropology”—making pretend robin nests, complete with a lining of mud, to help us understand how hard birds work at making their nests. We will also do a bird walk and read more about birds and their nests.
Please wear clothing you can get dirty in.
Priscilla Hayes has been designing and implementing hands-on environmental education programs for children since the 1990s, when she started introducing children to recycling, reuse and composting through the Robbinsville Clean Communities and Recycling program. She was the school garden educator for three Princeton schools. Hayes is turning her backyard into a meadow for bees, butterflies, birds and native plants.
Joanne Zuckerman has been a volunteer at BHWP for the past 6 years. As a psychiatric social worker, she specialized in the treatment of young children and developed programs to meet their needs. More recently, therapeutic horticulture has become another arrow in her quiver. She believes strongly that making a link with nature benefits everyone, even little folks.
Program Fee: $10 per child, $5 for each additional, $0 per adult (Members: Enter your code to receive your 20% discount)
Each child must be accompanied by an adult. One adult can attend no more than two children.
Walks are weather dependent; please dress for the weather.