by Bonnie McNett
Children's Meeting House Montessori School is excited to participate in the 2013 Great Outdoor Weekend (G.O.W.) for the third consecutive year. During the weekend of September 28th and 29th, it is expected that 10,000 people will take part in one or more of the free outdoor events coordinated by dozens of organizations across greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and eastern Indiana. The G.O.W. strives to promote outdoor activities that are accessible, engaging, educational and open to the public.
Children's Meeting House Montessori (CMH) School, located just east of downtown Loveland, will be offering eight family friendly events on Sunday the 29th from 9 am till 3 pm. "We're excited to be a part of the Great Outdoor Weekend and we are offering two new programs this year that makes the GOW fun and engaging for the whole family. This year we have added a nature themed story and craft especially for preschoolers and toddlers, to really make the event appealing for every age. In addition, we'll have several hikes, bird banding, a marshmallow roast and water samples to examine with microscopes" states Bonnie McNett, event co-organizer.
- Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home - story and craft about the wonderful world of insects for toddlers and preschoolers (1pm)
- Song Bird Encounters - An interactive mist netting program with master bird bander, Lester Peyton. Wild birds will be caught, identified, weighed, sexed, and fitted with a uniquely numbered leg band (9am till noon).
- Paint your own T-Shirt - Shirt painting using natural objects such as leaves, twigs, and flowers to create a unique and colorful t-shirt using non-toxic fabric paint. Participants supply plain shirts (9:30am till 3pm).
- Hawks, Owls & Falcons - Raptors INC. will display birds of prey and discuss bird characteristics, adaptations, diet, and conservation (two programs - noon and again at 1:30pm).
- Pond Exploration - adults and children, using microscopes and nets, collect water samples and learn about insects and protozoa found in aquatic environments (noon till 3pm).
- Hike and Scavenger Hunt - join a naturalist to discover and identify butterflies, songbirds, reptiles, and native plants (two hikes - 10am and again at 2pm).
- Marshmallow Roast - families are invited to gather and socialize around a crackling campfire. Vegan and regular marshmallows provided (noon till 3pm).
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar - story and craft about butterflies, moths and caterpillars for toddlers and preschoolers (11am)
"We are thrilled to be a part of such a great community building event," says Head of School, Meg Thomas. "Our eight acre campus has woods, a pond, and grassy areas and really lends itself to a nature based event like this. Our school is one of only five Ohio State Certified Wild School sites in the tri-county area and develops students with high nature I.Q.'s focusing on biological diversity and conservation. We look forward to having our students share their outdoor knowledge with Loveland residents and with people from the greater Cincinnati area."
CMH School has events that are open to the public happening throughout the day on Sunday, September 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. CMH School is located just east of downtown Loveland, at 927 O'Bannonville Road. More information on the school activities can be found at: www.facebook.com/ChildrensMeetingHouseMontessoriSchoolLovelandOH.
In addition to CMH School, Loveland has several other local organizations
that are participating the G.O.W., including Granny's Garden School, the Izaak
Walton League, Grailville, and Little Miami Inc. For more information
about the Great Outdoor Weekend visit: www.cincygreatoutdoorweekend.org.