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
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?