Sunday, April 03, 2005

Wild Wednesdays:
Last year my family attended the Wild Wednesday programs and had a wonderful time. The information for this year's program is now available and we wanted to share it with our homeschooling friends. There are trails for hiking, ponds for exploring and a playground, so we usually plan to hang around for a while after the program.

04-May H.A.T. - Horns, Antlers, & Tusks presented by Second Nature Animal Programs +
11-May Newport Aquarium presents A Visit From the Indonesian Rainforest *
18-May Farmer Frank and Sunrock Farm presents Barnyard Animals **+
25-May Life With Reptiles presented by Second Nature Animal Programs *
01-Jun Birds of Prey including Aquila, the Bald Eagle presented by Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky
08-Jun Cincinnati Zoo presents Wildlife Comes To You *+
15-Jun Second Nature Animal Programs presents The Incredible Egg **
22-Jun Natural History Education Co. presents Bringing the Zoo To You and They Only Come Out at Night! *+
29-Jun Owls presented by RROKY and book reading of Woody, the Kentucky Weiner "A New Home" by Leigh Anne Florence)**
13 -Jul Sunrock Farm presents Barnyard Animals with Farmer Frank *
20-Jul A Visit From the Indonesian Rainforest presented by Newport Aquarium **+
27-Jul Natural Flight - A Juggling Show presented by Tom Sparough, The Space Painter *
03-Aug Cincinnati Zoo presents Wildlife Comes To You **+
10-Aug Kentucky's Trees presented by Kenton County Cooperative Extension Service *
17-Aug Aussie Animals including Bennett's Wallaby joey presented by Kentucky Down Under **+
24-Aug Outdoorswoman Vikki Rawe presents Feathers, Fur, and Feet *
31-Aug Cincinnati Zoo presents Wildlife Comes To You
From the webpage: Kenton County Parks & Recreation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc. welcome you to Wild Wednesdays! at Middleton-Mills Park from May through August. Join us for this, our sixth season of educational and entertaining programs about Nature and our natural world as we celebrate the amazing diversity of life on Earth.

The free programs begin at 10:00 am at Shelterhouse 2 - rain or shine - and last about an hour, with ample time for "up-close and personal" observation, and questions and answers.

Arrive early! For Wild Wednesdays! marked with one or two asterisks (* or **), plan to arrive early! Beginning at 9:30 am, on dates marked with one asterisk, Laura Davies, from Kenton County Public Library, will read stories, sing songs and promote "Imagination Exploration", their terrific summer reading program. On those dates marked with two asterisks, also beginning at 9:30 am, we'll have visits from Bearemy, the Build-A-Bear Workshop mascot, and his keeper will read a story or two.

Stay late! On dates marked with the plus sign (+), Naturalist John Barker from Big Bone State Park will make special presentations following the scheduled program.

Following Wild Wednesdays! during the months of June and July, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Head Start, thru the USDA Summer Feeding Program, will provide free sack lunches with milk to all children 18 years of age and younger.
During the school year, it is not unusual to have a number of different schools represented each week, generally in the K-8 age groups, accompanied by their teachers and chaperones. But, it's not just schools and school-age children who are attending the programs. It's all ages, from babies to seniors!

Answer the call of the wild! Meet live Cincinnati Zoo creatures face-to-face! See eye-to-eye with a Bald Eagle and Great-horned Owl when Raptors Rehabilitation of Kentucky comes to visit! Meet Farmer Frank and barnyard animals from Sunrock Farm! Howard Schwartzman and Second Nature Animal Programs will be back, along with new presentations from Natural History Education Co., the Newport Aquarium, and Kentucky Down Under!
Join Kenton County Parks & Recreation to discover the fascinating world of wildlife during Wild Wednesdays! at Middleton-Mills Park! Learn simple definitions for big words such as biodiversity, endangered, conservation, preservation, adaptation, ecosystem, indigenous, extinction, specialization, and interdependence.

Each week, there is a door prize-type drawing; in which donated items are given away.
After the program, take a hike. We mean it! Take a hike! Explore the mix of meadow and woods and hike the trails of Mills Road Park. Here's a chance to "Get back to Nature" and identify some of Kentucky's native trees and wildflowers. Discover the Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail, a monitored series of nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to observe Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Chickadees, and Wrens and many other species in their natural habitats.

Or, explore the ecosystem of a pond. Examine the inhabitants of one of three ponds - from microorganisms found in pond water to the variety of plants, animals, and birds, which depend upon the ponds for life.

All you need is a sense of wonder - we'll take care of the rest! Go wild! Wild Wednesdays! Don't miss a single adventure!

Directions to Mills Road Park are easy: From I-275, take Covington/Taylor Mill exit (Exit 79), go south on KY16 7 miles to Mills Road, go east (turn left) on Mills Road, go one mile to park
For more info check out the Kenton Co Parks website....

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