Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and Old National Bank are proud to sponsor the Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers event.
Funding for Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers is provided by these sponsors and through a grant from The Jim Henson Company.
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Children who complete Nature Tracker Challenges will become a Nature Tracker Club member and receive a membership token.
In addition to earning a Nature Tracker Club membership, children and families can:
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Old National Bank, WSIU and Buddy the T-Rex from the PBS KIDS TV series Dinosaur Train invite area families to join us for a day of fun-filled activities that teach children of all ages how to become good stewards of the environment. Children and families will have the opportunity to participate in a number of educational nature-themed activities.
Families will have the chance to visit activity stations that allow children to interact with plants, animals and the environment.
Station 1: Video Viewing Station – Watch Dinosaur Train and sing along.
Station 2: Fossilization Station – Learn about fossils from SIUC’s Geology staff and students.
Station 3: Recycling Station – Learn to sort recyclable products.
Station 4: Nature Nation Station – Take a walk to complete your Nature Trackers Guidebook (Be sure to turn in your guidebook at the Club Membership Station to earn your membership!)
Station 5: Buddy Bank Station – Meet and greet Buddy the T-Rex. BRING YOUR CAMERA to take photos!
Station 6: Crafts Crest Station – Make a windsock and a recyclable bag.
Station 7: Sculpture Station – Take rubbings and learn from life-like dinosaur sculptures.
Dinosaur Train Nature Trackers Club is a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. Nature Trackers enjoy exploring and having adventures, respecting their environment, collecting things, tracking and observing plants and animals, and challenging themselves to get outside and make discoveries every day. For more information about the Nature Tracker Club, visit the Nature Trackers webpage at pbskids.org.
While Dinosaur Train is targeted for preschool-age children, the Nature Trackers event is geared toward families and features activities for children of all ages. If younger children will be in attendance, please consider bringing a stroller. TIP: It will take approximately two hours to complete all Nature Trackers activities.
The Nature Tracker event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No reservations or tickets are needed. No purchase is required.
Families should eat lunch before the event, as no refreshments will be served. Water will be available.
The event will go on as scheduled rain or shine.
Free parking is available. Families should proceed to the Mitchell Museum for check-in and to obtain their event agenda and other Nature Trackers materials.
Dinosaur Train features Buddy, an adorable preschool-age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they board the Dinosaur Train and embark on whimsical voyages through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans. The program embraces and celebrates the fascination that children have with both dinosaurs and trains and encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Dinosaur Train airs weekdays at 8:30am on WSIU-TV.
Dinosaur Train Website, Dinosaur Train for Parents, Dinosaur Train for Teachers
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