One Hundred District 86 students are currently participating in the Kids ‘n Nature program at Pilcher Park and Birdhaven Greenhouse. Fourth grade students from Cunningham, Keith, Marshall, Singleton, and Woodland Elementary Schools attend the six-week after-school program. The Kids ‘n Nature program is a partnership with District 86, the Joliet Park District, and the University of Illinois Extension of Will County.
“We are so thankful for this partnership,” said Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse, “Without the continued support from the Joliet Park District and University of Illinois Extension, we would not be able to offer this wonderful hands-on experience for our students.”
“The Kids 'n Nature program gives our 4th grade students a chance to see firsthand one of the beautiful natural parks the Joliet area has to offer,” Joliet Public Schools District 86 Program Coordinator for Physical Education, Health, and Athletics Joel Sischo added, “We hope our students take some of the outdoor adventure education they have learned and use it to explore other area parks with their families.”
Activities will include learning about different habitats and animals, touring the greenhouse, hiking, exploring Hickory Creek, gardening, archery, and making art projects. An additional session is planned for the spring.