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Little explorers to learn about decomposers

On Saturday morning, May 8, Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers and their adults will learn about “Decomposers.” After an indoor lesson, they will head outside to look for real examples of decomposition.

Plants and animals don’t live forever, and eventually every living thing breaks down, turning into soil, water, or air.

Adults and the 3-8 year old child(ren) in their life can learn about “Decomposers” that help this process at Audubon Community Nature Center Little Explorers, Saturday, May 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Decomposition does not happen on its own. There are fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates that do the dirty work of decomposing living matter and recycling it back into the earth to become something new.

After a short indoor lesson about different types of decomposers and why the work they do is so important, the group will head outside to get their hands dirty looking for evidence of decomposition. The group will use its powers of deduction to see if members can find the organisms responsible for decomposition.

A craft is offered if there is time.

The program takes place rain or shine, so those attending should be sure to dress for the weather and have a face covering available for when they cannot maintain physical distance.

The fee for the program is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 8 and Nature Center members. Enrollment is limited to 10 children, 20 participants total. Make reservations by Thursday, May 6, by calling 569-2345 during business hours or by going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Upcoming Programs.”

Sponsored by Univera Healthcare, Little Explorers is presented on the second Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. While practicing safe social distancing measures, visit six miles of trails on the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily.

The Nature Center building includes the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the winning photographs from the 2020 Nature Photography Contest. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

To learn more about Audubon and its programs, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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