By NATALIE SCOTT
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.
For more information on events at the Mill Creek MetroParks, visit www.millcreekmetroparks.org.