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New skills taught at park

Published: Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Ruth Edwards Nature Center at Lowell Park, 2114 Lowell Park Road, the site of several programs slated for June.

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:

June 7, Painting with Sand: Participants will learn about sand painting, its origin, history, and place in Native American culture from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Children in sixth grade and older will find out how to create designs and silhouette shapes. Parental supervision is required.

June 14, Making Paper Look Like Marble: In this class, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., water resistant inks will be used to make paper appear to be marble. All ages are welcome. Smocks are needed to protect clothing. Parental supervision is necessary for children in third grade and younger.

June 14, Campfire Program: Greg Hunter, naturalist, will present “Hiking With Your Family,” from 8 to 10 p.m. The program includes a campfire, marshmallows, and S’mores.

June 17, Bumble Bee Sculpture: From 1 to 4 p.m., students in fourth grade and older will create a bubble bee sculpture from a Styrofoam egg and other materials.

June 28, Drawing Plants With Color Pencils: Middle school and high school students, along with adults, can learn how to draw various subjects from the plant kingdom with color pencil blending techniques. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m.

Parental supervision is helpful, for children in third grade and younger, in the following sessions:

June 21, Printmaking – Focus on Animal Tracks: All ages will use rubber stamps to make animal tracks to be used as a reference identification chart. The program is from 1 to 3 p.m. Smocks are needed to protect clothing.

June 27, Penguin Sculpture: In this program, children in third grade and older will find out about penguins and make a stuffed penguin sculpture from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Smocks are needed to protect clothing.

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