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Hike leads off programs

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A number of programs are available in May at the Ruth Edwards Nature Center in Lowell Park, 2114 Lowell Park Road.

Registration is necessary. Call 815-288-5209 and leave message with the name of the program, the caller’s name and phone number, and the number of people who will attend. The program cost of $5 for adults, age 21 and older, and $2.50 for children will be collected the day of the event.

The programs are:

■ Bluebird Hike May 3: Greg Hunter, Dixon Park District naturalist, will lead a hike from the dog park on Washington Avenue into the Meadows to study the Eastern bluebird, its history, and nesting. This is a 3.5-mile round trip. The adult hike will be from 4 to 7 p.m., rain or shine. Sturdy footwear, long pants, and binoculars are recommended.

■ Leaves-Texture Rubbings May 10: Participants will use plastic leaf templates to create texture rubbings which will be painted. The program, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is for children in third grade and older. Smocks to protect clothing are recommended. Children in third grade and younger should have parental supervision.

■ Trees Are Terrific May 17: The group will learn about trees and their identification. Art drawing activities are planned, and illustration projects will address structure, form, bark, trunks, roots, and landscape composition. Traditional drawing materials and color pencil studies will be used. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m. and is suitable for students in sixth grade and older.

■ Wildflowers For Kids May 31: This session will have instruction about wildflowers and children will construct a pale, purple coneflower from various materials. It will be from 1 to 3 p.m., and is for kids in second grade and older. Smocks to protect clothing are recommended. Children in third grade and younger should have parental supervision.

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