Big adventure for little explorers at Wolters Woods Park

Outdoor Discovery Center, parks commission team up for programs.
Kimberly Jones, far right, of the Outdoor Discovery Center, points to a spider web along the trail at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave., on Monday, June 17, 2024.

One preschool adventurer at Wolters Woods Park on Monday, June 17, 2024, had his eyes open for one thing:

“I really want to find a spider web,” he said, looking over his scavenger hunt list given to him as part of the Outdoor Discovery Center “Little Explorer” event for children up to 6 years old at the Laketown Township park, 6281 147th Ave.

“Spiders are cool,” responded Kimberly Jones, teacher with the Seedlings Discovery Preschool and leader of the more than two dozen children and parents at the Monday hike.

In a matter of just a few steps, the web fancier got his wish. Jones pointed to a tree with a web and spider in it.

“Keep noticing,” she said.

Kimberly Jones of the Outdoor Discovery Center hands out scavenger hunt cards to participants in the “Little Explorers” event at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave., on Monday, June 17, 2024.

As they walked the 37-acre park, the children with their parents and guardians checked off leaves, berries, flowers, logs, birds and bugs as they used their senses to explore the creek and pathways.

“You can enjoy nature — Touch it, smell it, hear it, pick it up, but then put it right back into nature,” she explained, so other people can enjoy it too.

A participant in the “Little Explorers” event at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave., on Monday, June 17, 2024, tracks insects in the creek.

The free program led by the Outdoor Discovery Center is sponsored by the Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Outdoor Discovery Center and township team up for programs throughout the year.

Upcoming programs include:

  • Family Kayaking, July 16, Gilligan Lake. 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Blueberry Fields Forever, July 22, Huyser Farm, 4188 64th St. 11 a.m.-noon.
  • Incredible Insects, Aug. 23, Shore Acres, 6602 138th Ave. 10-11 a.m.
  • Explore with Your Senses, Sept. 10, Shore Acres, 6602 138th Ave. 4-5 p.m.
  • Night Hike, Oct. 4, Huyser Farm, 4188 64th St. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Visit the Outdoor Discovery Center for more information.