Animals tracks workshop slated for children's museum

Jan 18, 2013
Photo by: Megan Rogers Bird tracks in the snow.

Rockland — The Coastal Children’s Museum will be celebrating the snow with an educational workshop on animal foot, claw and paw prints.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon, Brett Willard, program manager for Merryspring Nature Center will be at the museum teaching children about the different tracks Maine animals leave in the snow.

Geared for ages 4 and up, this workshop will have participants study the impressions humans make and then learn how to read the clues different animals leave behind them when they eat, travel and investigate the Maine wilderness. After the identification of some common animal tracks, the workshop will move outdoors to see if any animals have been playing in the snow at Sharp’s Point South and make plaster casts of any that are discovered. Be sure to bring boots and hats.

Willard, originally from Burnt Hills, N.Y., has bachelor of science degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Last year he worked the Americops Environmental Educator and recently became the park’s Program Manager.

Merryspring Nature Center is a non-profit, privately-owned 66-acre park and education center in Camden and Rockport, offering talks, classes and workshops throughout the year.

This workshop is included in the price of admission. For further information or to sign up for the workshop, email the museum at info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org or phone 596-0300.

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