Great stories and the great outdoors combine at the Irvine Nature Center's "Story Time by the Pond" Sunday.
Naturalist Monica Wiedel will gather children of all ages by the pond on the Nature Center's grounds in Stevenson, share books and stories about nature and bring out some of the animals that live at the center. Her presentation may include turtles, toads, snakes, lizards, an owl and other critters.
Wiedel likes to give a lively and interactive presentation as she educates her audience about preservation, habitats and predator-prey relationships, among other nature themes. She enjoys telling Native American folk tales, particularly myths about the creation of nature and about animals. She also reads aloud books with nature topics. Two of her favorites are The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
The story time is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 8400 Greenspring Ave. Children are asked to register by tomorrow. Call 410-484-2413. The program costs $2, or $1 for donors. Children may want to bring a blanket or other item to sit on; the group will meet on the grass beside the pond.