Mill Creek hosts winter animals class


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Julie Bartolone read a book about animals that love the winter and some of the things they like to do in the winter at the Ford Nature Center Jan. 10.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Children of all ages, like Brady Bresnahan from Canfield, can learn and enjoy events offered at Mill Creek MetroParks.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Natalie Dechant (left) and McKenna Keefe worked together to put fruit on a string to make a garland animal feeder at the Ford Nature Center Jan. 10.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Melissa and Taylor Crawford (left), Lindsy and Riley Cox, and Abby and Reagan Kalaher (right) came to the Ford Nature Center from Austintown to participate in the winter animals lesson Jan. 10.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Vicky Johnson (back) and Dae'ana McDowell enjoyed making animal feeders at the Ford Nature Center winter animals lesson Jan. 10.


Mill Creek Park’s Ford Nature Center hosted a class on animals in the winter Jan. 10. The class was taught by naturalist Julie Bartolone.

To begin the class, each child was given a stuffed animal to “look after” while Bartolone read them a story about the kinds of animals that thrive in the winter and some of the activities that animals do in the winter.

After the story, the children worked on a craft to feed the animals around their areas in the wintertime. One of the crafts involved rolling a pine cone in a fatty substance and then rolling the pine cones in seeds so that the seeds would stick to the outside of the cone.

Another craft was to make a fruit garland animal feeder. With the help of their parents or guardians, children at the class used a thick needle and string to hang fruit from.

“These feeders are just the kind of thing that animals love,” said Bartolone. “Birds and deer love seeds and fruit so if you hang one of these at your house and keep a watchful eye, who knows all the animals you could see.”

After the children were finished with their crafts, Bartolone lead them on a hike on one of the trails at Mill Creek Park to look for animals enjoying the winter season.

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