Looking for preschool opportunities in the area? You are invited to the Northeast Preschool Fair organized by MOMS Club(R) of NE Minneapolis, St. Anthony Village and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation. Learn more about local preschool programs. Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 am-12 pm at Waite Park Recreation Center, 1810 34th Ave. NE. Enter door #2. Refreshments and childcare available.
Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes, encourages kids to spend their free time exploring nature. The Forest Kids Club provides pre-school children ages 3-5 opportunities to learn from a naturalist while exploring, adventuring, and learning. Naturalists will work with participants on their school-readiness skills by exploring nature through investigating habitats and learning about seasonal changes in the outdoors. To encourage even the youngest explorers, the Forest Kids Club will provide opportunities to learn about the natural environment, 9:30-11:30 am. Wednesdays during the school year.
Wargo Nature Center Naturalist Whitney Loher is very excited to engage these young learners. “Forest Kids Club will allow children to use their five senses,” she said. “We’ll explore themes in nature through hiking, games, science experiments, crafts, and music. The forest is an amazing classroom, and nature is a great teacher. Kids will brainstorm their own nature topics they’d like to explore and learn more about.” Registration is currently open for the fall session. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to register, visit anokacountyparks.com or contact Wargo Nature Center at 763-324-3350.
Help kids experience the democratic process at a young age. Hand out ballots, explain the voting process, and distribute stickers. Kids Voting Minneapolis is a community-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to prepare Minneapolis’ 50,000 K-12 students to be educated, informed voters. Since 2004, in partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis City Elections Department, Kids Voting Minneapolis (KVM) has offered Minneapolis K-12 students the opportunity to go to the polls on Election Day with their parents/guardians and vote. Students vote in their own voting booth, on their own ballot, and get an “I VOTED” sticker. This authentic voting experience furthers civic education and helps students understand the importance of voting. For this to happen, KVM needs 400 community volunteers who staff the 130 city precinct polling places to assist students as they vote. They are in need of volunteers for Nov. 8. This is a one-time volunteer opportunity plus a one hour training session. The Election Day shifts are 3 hours, 2-5 p.m. or 5-8 p.m. Anyone over 16 can volunteer. If you can help, contact the KVM Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers can also register here: http://goo.gl/forms/