BENNINGTON — We are pleased to announce that the Natural Science Toolkit program is back again this year. Want help with teaching science? Do your kids like to be outdoors? Join educator and naturalist Mary Batcheller and One World Conservation Center educator Lisa Maggio as we use science tools as a springboard for learning in nature. All four monthly sessions will focus on conservation related themes and relevant science tools through fun and interactive activities. Classes will take place in the forests and fields of our Greenberg Reserve and in the education center located at 413 Route 7. Phone: 802-447-7419. Visit

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please call the center or email to register. Fee: $8 per child per session and $7 for each additional child in the family. There is a discount if you sign up for all four sessions ($28 per first child, and $25 for each additional in family). However, no refunds will be given for missed sessions. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children at no additional cost. Participants should be sure to dress for the weather. A warm inside space, complete with restrooms and children's area, is available for parents waiting with younger children. Please call the center if the weather is questionable.


A minimum of 10 students is required for the class to run.

• Session 1: Animal Communications. Feb. 3 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. How do animals communicate with one another, and what do they say? Please register by Jan. 29.

• Session 2: Nature Games Wednesday, March 2 ,1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Playing games outdoors teaches kids teamwork, observational skills, stealth, cooperative learning...and fun along the way. Please register by Feb. 26.

• Session 3: The Nature of Spring. April 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We will learn about the astronomical reasons for spring, and how they effect both the physical and living world around us. Please register by April 1.

• Session 4: Wetland Wonders Wednesday. May 4 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Our wetlands are beginning to wake up, and we will explore the ecology of stream and pond. Please register by April 29.