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February 4, 2014 > Programs for the Little Ones

Programs for the Little Ones

Submitted By Adrienne De Ponte

The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center provides great opportunities for outdoor fun for little ones along the shoreline. With regular programs for one-year-olds to 5-year- olds that focus on a different theme every month, your little ones will have their curiosity peaked, their bodies moving and their hands on nature. Join an expert naturalist for either our Toddler Ramble or Nature Detectives! These programs are designed to introduce children to the plants and animals that live in the salt marsh of the Hayward shoreline. Visit the Interpretive Center for one of our upcoming programs.

Toddler Ramble Ð Every Friday Ð 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Ð Ages 1 to 3 years
Discover the shoreline through tactile, hands-on experiences. Every month there is a new theme and with each ramble we explore that theme through different activities. Parents and caregivers grow as facilitators of nature education along the way. Please register in advance. $5 per child.

February Toddler Ramble: Our Five Senses - Each week will focus on one of our senses: touch, sight, smell, and sound. Since there is only 4 weeks in this month, we will taste-test pickleweed each week!
Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28

March Toddler Ramble: Birds and Nests - Spring is here, and that means that birds are all around singing and making nests. This month weÕll explore all things birdy! Everything from feathers to flying, and eggs to what is inside them.
Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, Mar 28

Nature Detectives Ð 1st & 3rd Saturday Ð 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Ð Ages 3 to 5 years
Nature Detectives is a twice-monthly program for young explorers 3 to 5 year olds and their caregivers. This hour-long, interactive program makes every child a detective, asking questions and finding clues about the wildlife at the shoreline. Please register in advance. $7 per child.

February: All About Snails
Have you ever seen the snail here in the marsh that looks like a unicorn horn? Did you know snails communicate through slime? Discover the surprisingly exciting world of snails.
Feb 15

March: The Power of the Tides
The tides are what make the marsh such a special place for people and animals. We will explore the power of the tides with boats and other floats, and talk about why they happen at all.
Mar 1, Mar 15

The Interpretive Center features exhibits, programs, and activities designed to inspire a sense of appreciation, respect, and stewardship for the bay, its inhabitants, and the services they provide. After getting an overview of the park and its features, join a naturalist on one of the many weekend interpretive programs offered. Read our newsletter,ÊTidal Tales about current environmental issues, natural history, and upcoming events. If you would like a subscription, please contact theÊHayward Shoreline Interpretive Center.

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
4901 Breakwater Ave., Hayward
(510) 670-7270

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