article and photos by Nell Doyle


Families who want to have fun with nature and learn a little or a lot along the way have a treat in store for them on April 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Park Pavilion in Mountain Home.

Suzanne Harrison encourages a youngster to jump as far as her favorite frog

Hop like a frog to see which frog can jump as far as you can. Cheer on earthworms as they “race” for the edge of their “Worm-o-drome.” Play “CSI” with critter skulls to identify the animals they came from. Have your favorite critter painted on your face. Learn about tree life cycles and decorate your own “tree cookies.” Make a plaster mold of your favorite animal’s tracks. Take a bird walk to learn which birds make which calls. Go on a scavenger hunt. Plant some seeds in a little pot and take it home to grow.        

Kids point to their earthworm racers making a slippery “dash” for the edge of the “Worm-o-drome.”

These are just a few of the activities that North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (NCAMN) will offer in celebration of Earth Day Weekend, according to organizer Karen Tietmeyer of Lakeview. All events are open to the public and free of admission.

“We hope these activities will not only be fun,” Tietmeyer says, “but also give kids and their parents an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us.”

“NCAMN has sponsored several family fun days in other locations over the years,” adds NCAMN president Rebecca Carabelas, “but this year, we decided to host the event in a more centrally located park to make it easier for folks to find us.”

For more information about the event, please contact Tietmeyer at

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