Learning from the Abenaki: Museum hosts interactive program

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GRAFTON — The Mighty Acorns Club provides creative, exploratory preschool programs, which celebrate curiosity and encourage a love and respect for the natural world. On Friday, Dec. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Mighty Acorns Club will host "Being Connected to Nature: Learning from the Abenaki."

Imagine a world without touch screens, computers, cell phones, or cars. Here in northern New England, there was a time when none of these things existed. Participants will explore this early world by learning about the Abenaki, an indigenous people who have lived in New England and eastern Canada for thousands of years. Nature lovers will investigate Abenaki artifacts, hear the Abenaki story of creation, and go on a scavenger hunt outdoors to test observation skills in nature. They will discover what life was like before today, and how the Abenaki have developed a strong relationship with the land through hunting and gathering.

Drops-ins are welcome. Registration is encouraged but is not required. Whenregistered online, the Mighty Acorns Club costs $5 per child. Drop-ins are welcome at the door for $8. These programs are geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Caregivers and babes-in-arms are always welcome to attend for free.

To learn more about upcoming programs and to register, visit www.nature-museum.org or call The Nature Museum at 802-843-2111.

This Abenaki program is one of a series of monthly, interactive experiences for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Experienced and energetic environmental educators lead regular Mighty Acorns Club programs on the second Friday of the month at The Nature Museum.

The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townsend Rd. Each program features time exploring the outside world, adventuring through forests and fields and inspecting The Nature Museum's grounds, gardens and ponds. All participants should dress in layers and prepare for the weather with appropriate outerwear and footwear.

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