Monday, August 29, 2011

Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors Spider Hunt September 17

Imagine eating crickets, grasshoppers, and flies and not just hopping into your bed each night, but having to build it new every day. That’s what happens in the world of arachnids.

Make plans now to attend the No Child Left Indoors – Spider Hunt at the Lytle Creek Prairie from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17.
Learn about what and how Spiders eat and all about the webs they weave.

Adult leaders will assist children as they look for and observe orb weavers, funnel weavers, jumping spiders, wolf spiders and more along the trails. The educational program will include information on spider habitats and activity. We will be observing spiders and identifying them in their natural habitat. Children should wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Spider program leader Harriett Clark shared, "We plan to observe spiders in their natural habitats without disturbing them since it is a tremendous expenditure of energy for a spider to spin a web, which it does every night. We may even get to see them eat a cricket or two."

The program is free, but registration is required. We will be able to accommodate up to 20 elementary age children (and their adult escorts, who must stay for the program). The Lytle Creek Prairie is along the 4-C Bicentennial Trail. Parking is available at the David Williams Park on Fife Avenue and the Southeast Neighborhood Park near Paris Avenue. Participants are encouraged to bike or walk from the trailheads and enjoy the trail as part of this program. From either trailhead it is approximately a 15-minute walk. Both trailheads are excellent locations for picnicking after the event.

Register HERE .

Lytle Creek League of Conservators/No Child Left Indoors is a local group of volunteers committed to the belief that children need nature and nature needs caring humans.