Monday, April 11, 2016

Life in the Leaf Litter at April Park P.A.L.S.

The vast majority of fungi is underground and in the leaf litter. The part of the fungus visible above ground, the mushroom, is akin to the fruit of a tree.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on April 16th from 9:30am to noon to discover life in the leaf litter during Park P.A.L.S! This month everyone will meet at the Nature Center on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville to go on a scavenger hunt for critters as the ground starts to warm and the forest comes alive. Students will gently roll logs and pull back leaves to expose the diversity of life that thrives on the forest floor.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other Park District programs or to register for the April class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

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