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Hi friends!

Here at Fontenelle Forest we're celebrating the cool autumn weather that's finally arrived. We've got all sorts of harvest-time events happening this month, including our October session of Hands-on-Habitat! This program is designed to encourage preschoolers and their favorite adults to play and learn about nature together and will take place on October 20th from 9:30 to 11 am.

This month's Hands-on-Habitat will be focused on colorful autumn leaves! These, in my daughter's opinion, are the best things to play with outdoors. I tend to agree… they are the perfect option for sorting practice (shape AND color!), plus their varying textures are delightful to little ones.

There are many good ways to bring the fun of leaves indoors too, which in this rainy October is turning into a serious necessity. Have you ever read Lois Ehlert's Leaf Man? The beautiful illustrations in this fun book are created from recognizable leaf shapes, and your preschooler will love finding out where the wind in the story will blow the leaves next. After reading, bring some leaves inside and make a leaf man of your own!

At Hands-on-Habitat, we'll have our own leaf activities out on the trail, so make sure you and your child dress for the weather! We'll be outside rain or shine before coming back indoors to explore our learning stations and play.

Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

See you on October 20!

Lindsay Cooley

from Fontenelle Forest

Lindsay is an environmental educator at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. She was born and raised in Omaha, and is happy to be back after spending the past four years interning and working at various nature centers around the country. Lindsay has a background in environmental science, and is passionate about cultivating a love of the natural world in children and adults alike. When she's not cutting out craft materials or taking kids on hikes, Lindsay loves birdi ...

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