Third-graders learn by getting back to nature

NEIGHBORS

September 17, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIRD-GRADERS at Manchester Elementary School recently took a walk on the wild side at the Manchester Nature Center, where they saw a great horned owl and red-tailed hawks.

The kids traipsed through a forest, a meadow and visited a pond. They looked for foxes in an area called Burr Rabbit Run, a tangle of honeysuckle vines and thorny multiflora rose.

"In one place, kids can walk down to look into tunnels where there's a fox trail at the other end," said Diane Hale, a naturalist who leads hikes and oversees center projects.

"This place is about more than science," she said. "We have a writing center, where students write stories and poems about what they've seen and done. And it's really cool to learn math by measuring trees or how far one tree is from another."

You can take a walk on the wild side at 10 a.m. Saturday during an open house at the nature center. Naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts will set up informative displays. Food and face painting will be available.

Scheduled events include:

10 a.m., Ranger Phil Rogers will discuss wild turkeys and other small animals found locally. He's known to illustrate talks with mounted specimens and a slide show.

11: 30 a.m., Steve Miller, Manchester's supervisor of parks and ,, maintenance, will discuss the springs found in Pine Valley and how to improve the quality of local water.

1 p.m., state Del. Joseph M. Getty, who played in Manchester's Pine Valley Park as a child, will read and tell stories.

The nonprofit Manchester Parks Foundation oversees monthly open house events, projects and programs at the center. The group also is working to continue the center's close affiliation with Manchester Elementary School.

Annual foundation memberships are $15 per person or $25 per family. The foundation meets at 7: 30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the nature center.

Ample parking for the center is available at Manchester Elementary School, off York Street.

Information: 410-374-6596.

Women's Club lunch

The Women's Club of Hampstead will meet at noon Oct. 7 at Piney Branch Country Club, Trenton Mill Road.

This luncheon meeting begins a new year of civic service activities as part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. Several members will be recognized who have served the Hampstead club for 50 years or more.

The club continues its two-year project of collecting children's eyeglasses. Collection containers have been placed in every North Carroll school and at several area businesses. The Women's Club has collected more than 500 pairs of children's glasses.

Orioles alert

Hampstead will be listening at 7 p.m. today when fifth-graders from Spring Garden Elementary School sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the Orioles game.

Pub Date: 9/17/97

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