UW-Stevens Point offers ‘Story Time at the Museum’
10/16/2013
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Imagine hearing a story about the time when dinosaurs walked the earth, with skeletons of an allosaurus and a tyrannosaurus nearby. Or would you like to learn about Native Americans, surrounded by displays of the animals that lived in the forests around them?

The new Story Time at the Museum program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History allows children and their parents to experience natural history while hearing about it. Books will be read by a UW-Stevens Point student. Free and open to the public, the program is for preschool age children and their parents.

“Story Time at the Museum is a chance for the community to take advantage of the many family-friendly activities available right here on campus,” said Danielle Martin, a student employee at the museum and co-coordinator of story time with fellow student Jenni Paulus.

“We hope that showing children the wonders of natural history will have a positive influence on the next generation and pique their interest in the natural world,” said Lisa Viegut, the museum’s manager. “I’m proud of my students creating this community outreach program.”

Story time will be held biweekly on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. beginning Oct. 24. Each will have a different natural history theme, with a story and activity. Call the museum at 715-346-2858 to register, then meet in the museum, located on the first floor of the University Library on campus. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s programs and book titles include:

·         Oct. 24, “Dinosaurs Love Underpants” – Mark Dinosaur Month and learn about the giants of the past.

·         Nov. 7, “The Legend of Mackinac Island” – A Native American tale about the creation of Mackinac Island, Mich.

·         Nov. 21, “My Snake Blake” – Can you smell with your tongue or move without arms and legs? Learn more about slithering snakes.

·         Dec. 5, “’Stand Back,’ said the Elephant, ‘I’m Going to Sneeze!’” – What really happens when an elephant sneezes?

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