GENESEE COUNTY — For-Mar is going on the road this summer to educate kids about the outdoors. Seasonal Naturalist Karen Palmer has been working with For-mar for the past couple of years teaching kids about everything from bird calls to the importance of bees.
Last week, she traveled to nine different parks to teach kids about sounds in nature. Kids took a small hike around Richfield park to use their newly made bird calls that Palmer helped the kids create.
“I’ve always been attracted to the outdoors,” said Palmer nostalgically. She said she grew up watching her idol The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. “I just loved all the animals, no matter how creepy or spiny they were,” said Palmer.
This week, she talked to kids about the importance of bees for the event “The Wonderful World of Bees.” In the following weeks she will be teaching kids about the eco-system, dinosaurs and clouds. Palmer said all the information on what events are offered is in the Family Fun Guide that was distributed to Genesee County kids at the end of the school year.
“I think this kind of thing is really important for young people,” she noted.
With kids spending more time indoors playing on the computer or watching TV, Palmer said the programs are a really good thing.
“There are so many people nowadays, there are so many people on this planet and people have really disconnected with nature and that can spell trouble a lot of times,” said Palmer. “It’s good to teach people they can have a postive impact on the environment.”
Palmer said she has been happy to see to see these types of programs grow. She is hoping more people show up to the events For-mar hosts and that the people that do show up become more regular attendees.
In the evenings there are events for all the families. Palmer said people can learn in-depth skills about nature and the outdoors and can have the opportunity to learn a new skill or a biological trechnique.
For more information on the programs offered by For-mar, visit www.geneseeparks.org.