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NATURAL HISTORY WEEK, STAR ISLAND, JUNE 17 - 24, 2017

 


NHW CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

geocachingNHW welcomes children to our conference. However, for the safety of our young guests, children must be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times. Though child care is not provided at NHW, we have structured a children's program so that supervision of children during the day is shared by the parents and guardians.

Many activities for children (art, games, sports, story time, marine lab) have been organized in advance by our children's coordinator. The activities will be appropriate for the varying age groups in attendance at NHW. Upon arrival at Star, the children's coordinator will meet with the parents and guardians to familiarize them with the activities available and the locations where children will be situated. Parents/guardians will then work out a schedule so that every activity during the week is led by at least one supervising adule. This gives our adult attendees an opportunity to participate in other activities during the week.

Parents of very young children may request babysitting services at the front desk of the Oceanic. Generally, the service is only available in the evening.

Rutledge Marine LabRUTLEDGE MARINE LAB -- The marine lab at Star Island is staffed by the island's naturalist. Young children are invited to hang out in the marine lab and have fun. A 'kids corner' features age-appropriate experiments, coloring books, and reading materials. All ages enjoy the displat tank where they can get close and personal with sea creatures of many varieties. Activities can be arranged for all age groups. A low tide walk, led by the island's naturalist, includes exploration of tidal processes, intertidal zones, and the animals and organisms that are likely to be found in each. Specimens are often collected and brought back to the marine lab for further study.Boys with baby barnswallow

VAUGHN COTTAGE -- Star Island's historian and curator offers a variety of games and art projects for our youngest guests. Activities include creating a rock collage map of the Isles of Shoals, stories about pirates and unsolved Isles of Shoals mysteries and a kid-friendly ghost and graveyard tour of the Island cemetery.

GAMES AND SPORTS -- Many games and sports will be available during NHW. Here is a sample of what might be taking place: beach ball volleyball, soccer on the front lawn, disc golf with Frisbees, bocce ball, whiffle ball, softball, tennis (bring your racquets), swimming, scavenger hunts and geocaching.

kids making journalsARTS AND CRAFTS -- There will be many opportunities for kids to be creative, such as printing, stamping, watercolor painting, clay sculpting, making murals, finger painting, craft projects, book making, quilt making, nature mobiles and photography.