Searching for Spiders for September Preschoolers at DCP

Darke County Parks Naturalist, Mandy Martin, invites preschoolers to join her for the September Parent and Preschool Adventures programs. The “Little Explorers” classes for 2-3 year olds will be held on September 7th from 10am to 11am, and the “Seedlings” class for 4-5 year olds will be held on September 8th from 10am to 11am, both at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. The Parent and Preschool Adventures program is a series of monthly, hour long programs designed to give parents and their preschoolers and opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs, and take-home projects.

The September program will feature spiders. On early fall mornings there happen to be an abundance of spiders. Whether the webs are intricately created or messy cob webs, spiders are intriguing and useful. Participants will search for different types of webs and a variety of colorful spiders. A fee of $2 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the preschool programs or any other park district programs or to register for the September class, please call 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

 Did you know? The common garden spider can be identified by its zipper-like zig-zag section if its webs.