CAMN Volunteers Dedicated to Preschool Nature Education
LWOs paint with broccoli
A core of dedicated volunteers is responsible for a preschool education program offered at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. These volunteers plan, organize and facilitate what is known as Little Wild Ones twice a month at the Visitors Center. The program was started in 2012, by park interpreter, Maryanne Stansbury . She reached out to CAMN to get some assistance for the program, which at the time was offered weekly. Soon the group of volunteers grew and, after Maryanne left the park, this group took on the job of continuing to provide stories, crafts, games and other activities about natural things in the Natural State on their own.
Through the years, the LWO Mavens have watched the children learn and demonstrate their understanding of nature. We have seen our LWOs grow up and leave us for school. We have seen their baby siblings grow into Little Wild Ones. We’ve honked like geese, spread our wings like eagles, and wriggled on the floor like worms. We have sung, colored, cut, pasted, and bedazzled. We’ve hidden acorns like squirrels, planted sunflower seeds, and explored the park and flowerbeds. We’ve made butterflies out of coffee filters, armadillos out of Slinkies, and bird feeders out of pine cones and peanut butter. We hope we have instilled love and respect for nature, for that has always been the underlying message.
The current team includes Joellen Beard, Nancy Eddy, Nita Sheth, Fran Henderson, Faith Morrison, Becky Ward, Lynn Jessup, and Nancy Deckard.