Homeschool in the hills file

Andrew Mether of Moorhead, 3, scavenges for items mating birds use to build nests during a session of Homeschool in the Hills at Hitchcock Nature Center on April 3, 2018.

Area homeschool students and educators are invited to join staff members at Hitchcock Nature Center for a series of field trips designed to focus on the world of citizen science.

Citizen science is a system of public programs designed to involve budding scientists of all ages in a variety of fields to collect data for scientific use.

Join Hitchcock staffers on Feb. 4 and explore the world of birds and backyard birding as they introduce area residents to Project Feederwatch. This program encourages citizen scientists to view and report bird species in their own backyards each year from November to April.

This data helps scientists track bird species numbers, migration and overall activity. Participants will learn more about this program and develop the skills and knowledge needed to participate in this annual event.

Two sessions of this program are offered, the morning session is from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and the afternoon session is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants must choose which session they wish to attend.

Cost for this event is $3.00 per person for children age 3 and over, accompanying adults and children younger than 3 are free. Online pre-registration is required by Jan. 31 as space is limited.

For more information and to register online visit pottcoconservation.com. For questions not answered online please call 712-545-3283. Registrations will not be taken over the phone.

While these programs are flexible, they may include outdoor components. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes. Strollers are not recommended. Please meet at the Loess Hills Lodge, weather permitting. This event is not pet friendly. Service animals are always welcome.

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