Mini Roar

Cub-sized program at Eastman Nature Center.

Christy Bishop, a professional educator and interpretive naturalist who runs the Eastman Nature Center program, along with Cristina Palmisano, highlights the class as an opportunity for 4- and 5-year-olds to “enjoy messy-fun projects [their parents] wouldn’t necessarily want them to do at home,” citing baking soda volcanoes and cornstarch “Oobleck,” from the upcoming Kitchen Science sessions on February 23 and 27, as examples. At the February 2 and 5 Snowshoe Fun programs, participants can learn about early snowshoe designs and why we wear them, before hitting the trails on the kid-sized snowshoes provided.

Mid-month, Bishop and Palmisano are cooking up something sweet: a Valentine’s Day-themed session, where participants decorate cards and frost cookies--one of the few times, Bishop says, that the daily themed snack will stray from the usual “preschool healthy” standard. Spring registration is open now, with the option of registering for regular or selective attendance. $10.50/class; registration required. Ages 4–5. Mondays or Thursday, 10 a.m.–noon or 1–3 p.m. Eastman Nature Center, 13351 Elm Creek Road; 763.559.6700;