Science in the Parks this Summer

Science in the Parks in Pittsfield
A Remedy to Summer Slide

Go on a hunt for frogs and the insects they eat at Science in the Parks. Through closer examination, kids can learn the importance ecology plays in the lives of animals in various habitats , like the way this frog is camouflaged among leaf litter and woodland flowers.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Public parks are accessible green spaces families can visit in the summer months to both observe and explore nature. Whether they be well-manicured or allowed to grow wild and free, our local parks offer a lot to learn and explore in terms of ecology, natural & local history, and creative free play.

Science educator Lisa Provencher is holding a Science in the Parks event every Saturday from June 22-August 17 from 10am-12noon this summer, an great opportunity for young students to use their local parks to further their understanding of ecology through science based methods.  Kids of all ages can come to four different parks around Pittsfield, MA and learn about watersheds and their impact on local ecology at this free program.

Participants will have the chance to do activities like test the pH of water, identify aquatic plants, and participate in a hunt from insects and amphibians.  They will also get the chance to identify invasive species and meet some live animals up close!

Science in the Parks events will also teach the importance of keeping parks clean not just for the benefit of human visitors, but for all plants and animals that live in the parks and around the region.  Learning about the ecology found right in their local parks can help instill in kids a greater sense of place. Science in the Parks can also help to prevent the dreaded “summer slide” by engaging young students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, teaching them the importance of these skills and how they can be applied in the examination of their local environments.

To find which parks Science in the Parks will be held out, visit Dr. Augie’s: Science Fun for Everyone or call  413-499-0692. For other activities happening at area parks throughout Western Massachusetts, be sure to subscribe to Hilltown Families weekly eNewsletter for updates every Thursday!

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