Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nature by the Numbers for July Jr. Naturalists

The arrangement and number of scales on a pine cone follow
this mysterious number in a beautiful spiral.
Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the July Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. In the arrangement of pinecone scales, the number of flower petals, or even proportions within the human body, there is a mysterious number that appears in nature too many times to be explained. Students will learn a little more about this intriguing number, the man who discovered it, and take a hike to find out for themselves if this number holds true for Shawnee Prairie.

The Jr. Naturalists program is a series of monthly programs designed to give students a hands-on introduction to natural resource management. Hikes, work projects, and independent study are all part of this fun-filled nature study club. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other Park District programs or to register for the July class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email

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