Preschoolers learn about apples

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Camryn Porter, age 2, examined her apple on Sept. 13 at the MetroParks Farms where she attended the An Apple a Day event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Evan Porter colored his picture of an apple tree during the An Apple a Day event at the MetroParks Farms held Sept. 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Naturalist Brenda Markley passed out different types of apples to the children gathered at the An Apple a Day event held at MetroParks Farms Sept. 13.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Camryn Porter, age 2, examined her apple on Sept. 13 at the MetroParks Farms where she attended the An Apple a Day event.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children gathered at the An Apple a Day event at MillCreek Metroparks Farms colored pictures before listening to Naturalist Brenda Marley (back) read a story.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Brenda Markley, a MillCreek park naturalist, read "Apples of Your Eye," to the children gathered at the An Apple a Day event Sept. 13.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Mill Creek MetroParks Farms hosted an event for preschool students called An Apple a Day on Sept. 13.

Naturalists Brenda Markley and Kim Moff ran the event, organizing a group of six children ages 3-5.

“This is the age where they aren’t in school yet. Some are still bonded with parents some will bond with other kids. Its all part of that growth and development,” Markley said.

The goal of the event, according to Markley, was to help parents and young children

socialize and teach them both about apples.

“They are all chatting, not necessarily with each other yet but they are chatting,” Markley said, emphasizing the importance for young children to interact with other’s their own age.

Since apple season begins in September the theme of the event goes along with the orchard located at MetroParks Farms.

“It’s back to school time and everyone associates fall time and back to school with apples,” Markley said.

During the event, children colored photos and worked on crafts.

Markley read the group a book titled “Apples of your eye,” and taught children about the different types of apples.

Children also taste tested a variety of apple-related foods, including six different types of apples, apple juice and apple sauce.

The event was geared towards preschool children because, according to Markley, this group is not yet in school.

“Typically everyone else is already in school during the week,” she said, “So this is for children who aren’t in preschool or are in school only a few days.”

For more information on upcoming events at the Mill Creek Park, go to www.millcreekmetorparks.org.

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