UNION — Human/Nature, a free, three-day program centered around the phenology of mid-winter in the Georges River watershed, will take place from 10 a.m. too noon from Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Vose Library, 392 Common Road.

The program, offered by Dirigo Learning and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, is for children ages 6-11.

Rooted in experiential nature-based learning, Human/Nature will teach participants skills and knowledge while also serving as a catalyst for further self-directed learning. Young naturalists participating in Human/Nature will be taught a wide range of skills and knowledge, all of which can be easily honed and deepened through further experience and study.

Instruction will be centered around the mid-winter phenomena of midcoast Maine, with special emphasis being placed on identification of animal tracks and sign; tree, plant, lichen, and fungus growth and identification; and sense of place.

During the weeks leading up to the event, library visitors can preview program content through exploration of a hands-on nature collection filled with specimens either gathered from or representative of the current winter landscape. This collection, cultivated by Dirigo Learning, serves as a catalyst for nature-based learning and exploration for program participants and library visitors alike. Participants in Human/Nature can learn the basics of specimen collection, identification and care, creating their own miniature specimen library throughout the program.

To register, email Vose librarian Sarah Masters at [email protected] or call Dirigo Learning director Robin Huntley at 441-7501. For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733.

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