Parks and Rec offers ‘Growing Up Wild’ youth programming

Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     During the month of July, Monticello Parks and Recreation has an exciting program geared toward children ages 3 to 7.

   “Growing Up Wild” offers “ways to build and nurture children’s sense of wonder about nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors.”

   In late April, Parks and Rec staff spent the day in Cresco at the Prairie’s Edge Nature Center learning all about this program with representatives from the Iowa DNR. Growing Up Wild comes from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

   “It’s about introducing kids to nature in a wide variety of ways,” offered Parks and Rec Director Jacob Oswald.

   After bringing on eSports for those who prefer an indoor sports/recreation option, Growing Up Wild takes kids outside.

   “It provides a sense of wonder of nature throughout outdoor exploration,” added Oswald.

   Registration is now open, with just 25 spots available at $10 per child. You can register by going to the Parks and Rec registration link:

   Growing Up Wild will take place every Tuesday and Thursday in July from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Baty Disc Golf Course.

   Some of the themed activities include:

   • Insects

   • Leaves

   • Worms

   • Wild animals

   • Water life

   • Trees

   • Animal adaptation in the wild

   • Animal tracks

   • Birds

   • Deer

   • Energy and the sun

   If there are any adults who would be interested in assisting Parks and Rec with these activities or help plan the activities, or just enjoy being outdoors, contact Parks and Rec at 319-465-6640.


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