TUSCAWILLA LEARNING CENTER
Our mission is to inspire curiosity and help our children connect with the natural world. We introduce children to the intricate and fragile natural connections that make up the Tuscawilla Preserve, historic Micanopy's own "Mini Paynes Prairie."
Our curricula have been developed to correspond with seasonal changes. For example, October focuses on leaves, and January focuses on birds and migration. The programs immerse participants in the outdoors, so they may experience the natural and changing world of this unique Florida ecosystem first hand.
While playing games, singing, and engaging in creative activities, the students learn to listen to their surroundings, look closer and deeper, and grasp the inner workings of a specific habitat, while building communication and problem-solving skills.
FALL 2016 CLASSES
This TLC program encourages group and individual play in the beautiful outdoors! TLC volunteers will introduce various environmental educational concepts using games and activities. Participants will learn while they play- what better way to learn is there!
These events will be held at Tuscawilla Preserve in Micanopy. Programs geared for children ages 3-7. RSVP required- contact information can be found below. Directions to each class will be provided when you register.
LOTUS LORE Friday, September 23rd, 8:30am-10:30am
America’s largest native blossom, Nelumbo lute or American Lotus, is painting Tuscawilla Lake yellow with sweet smelling blossoms. At TLC’s September program, children will learn about these giants through a variety of interactive activities that will introduce kids to topics such as flower anatomy and historical uses of lotus. We will play a game about the water resistant qualities of lotus leaves, a property that has intrigued scientists for years. We will also use the flowers in music and art.
BEGINNER BOTANY Friday, October 7th, 9:30am-11:30am
The October class includes guided nature walks and discussions that introduce children to the basics of botany. Attendees learn to notice differing leaf shapes and arrangements, and the various stages of the plant life cycle. Students work in groups to look closely at on-site examples of plant parts and log their observations in nature journals made on site. This class is all about helping children to develop a greater awareness of the diversity of plants that make up the ecosystems of Tuscawilla Prairie.
TREE-MENDOUS TREES Friday, November 4th, 9:30am-11:30am
When autumn comes to Florida, TLC celebrates the importance of trees. We look closely at bark texture and create wearable bark and leaf rubbing vests. Attendees transform themselves into part of the forest habitat. While walking, we ponder questions like, “What is the difference between deciduous and evergreen? How about crenate and palmate? What types of animals call the towering trees home?” Come get to know the tree-mendous world of green giants on the Tuscawilla Preserve, and stay for a climb or two.
September 23rd, 8:30am-10:30am
October 7th, 9:30am-11:30am
November 4th, 9:30am-11:30am