It was a BEAUTIFUL day for our Outdoor Kansas Kids program in the park!
This program, sponsored by Kansas Wildscape, encouraged kids to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
Kids were introduced to the WildLifer Challenge, & at one station they had target practice, trying to hit the bullseye on a flower target.
Since a bee can visit 5,000 flowers in a day, each team was challenged to get 5,000 points by hitting the center of the flower. Then, kids searched for different colors of wildflowers in the park & made ‘clover chains’ to wear.
At a second station, Pam Martin, from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, taught about the parts of a flower, led kids in a pollinator demonstration, let them dissect flowers, and shared all kinds of flowers and fun facts dealing with flowers.
Our third station had kids drawing bouquets personalized just for them or a special someone. Looking at posters of flowers from A to Z, kids found flowers starting with their initials, and then they found out which flowers were their birth month flowers. These young artists came up with some very lovely bouquets!
Finally, the fourth station featured a story , snacks and a demonstration on how to plant special wildflower seeds. The story we read, Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, urged listeners to make the world a more beautiful place. And the snacks, donated by the Great Bend Walmart all depended on pollinators because they had fruit or honey in them.
Sixteen kids rotated through our stations, along with five adults. Thanks to volunteers: Deb S., Carrie N., Anna S., Jacob S., Debbie S., & photographer, Cali N., who helped make this event a success!
Each participant received bags of wildflower seeds to plant, generously donated by Tractor Supply Company in Pratt, KS.
Hey Kids– Get your seeds planted, and be sure to keep them watered! Let’s help make the world a more beautiful place!