Monday, December 12, 2016

An Evergreen Christmas at December Jr. Naturalists

A tea made of white pine needles has more vitamin C than orange juice.
Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, December 17th from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. From the sweeping white pine needles to the prickly blue spruce, Christmas conifers come in many different forms. We’ll discover why these plants are such a Yuletide tradition, how they stay green throughout the year, and the many types right here in Darke county.

The Jr. Naturalists is a series of monthly programs designed to give 3rd-6th grade students hands-on interaction with the natural world and a look at our current and historical place within it. Hikes, games, crafts, and service projects are all a part of this exciting integrated study group. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other park district programs or to register for the December class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email

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