Knee-High Naturalists (September 2013 - April 2014)
Knee High is a program for children ages 3-5 years. We meet the second Wednesday of every month (except December) at Talahi Lodge. The program includes a hike (weather permitting), a snack, story, hands-on activities and a book to take home.
Morning session 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Afternoon session 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration is mandatory as we only have supplies for 10 children for each session. No walk-ins, please. An adult must accompany child. Older siblings are invited to attend but may not be able to participate in all activities.
Please register by calling (618) 467-2521 or emailing email@example.com no later than the Friday before. Cost is just $5.00 per child!
* TNI Member Discount: Sign up for all 7 sessions and pay just $25!
This year’s Knee High Naturalist theme is Communication Nature Style.
Living in a world of technology, we can forget that the best communication is face to face. Our friends in the forest use visual, auditory, tactile and chemical communication to survive, to find a mate, to warn off predators, to mark territory and to identify themselves. This year we will learn how trees communicate with one another. Knee-highs will learn that Illinois’ largest land mammal also relies on a complex communication system within their species. Did you know music has been one of the oldest ways to communicate? We will share our favorite tunes along with learning some new tunes from our nature friends.
Wednesday November 13, 2013- And the Answer is…
What’s the question you ask? This month Knee-highs can come with a question about anything nature! As we get older, we tend to forget the importance of asking questions. Critical thinking is the main focus today. Knee-highs will visit several places along the preserves that will get their brains working and the questions flowing!
Wednesday January 8, 2014- Rock Around the Clock
We will look at the ways animals and plants measure time. From seed to seed, kit to a fox, fawn to a buck, or an egg to a butterfly everything in nature depends on yearly seasons for time. What are frogs doing in winter? Where did all the insects go? Seasons communicate to animals and plants on what they should do next. Knee-highs will take a winter walkabout to find out what is happening outside.
Wednesday February 12, 2014- Talahi Tails (Tales)
Tail talk is a way for animals to communicate. Animals can use them for other purposes too. There are tails for climbing, balancing and protecting. We will match up the tail to the animal using it for swatting, swimming, warning, wagging, cooling, and hanging upside-down. Knee-highs will listen to a tale about how the groundhog lost its tail and they will do a bit of wagging of their own tails.
Wednesday March 12, 2014- Magic Carpet Ride
Moss (Bryophyte) is the oldest land plant on Earth and is found on every continent. Knee-highs will go mossing around the woods to spot a carpet of moss. Though moss cannot communicate, we know without them we would not have trees, flowers or even animals. Did you know moss created our first soils? People have used moss for pillows, cooking and diapers. Animals use moss to line their nests and food. Knee-highs will make their own moss rocks and learn how these amazing plants grow with just water and sun.
Wednesday April 9, 2014- You are My Sunshine
The sun warms the earth and as the earth warms, the wind begins to blow and creates the weather around the world. The sun is an amazing, astral body that has served as a muse for artists, musicians, writers and scientists since the beginning of time. The sun helps humans and insects to communicate to one another. Knee-highs will revisit the “waggle dance” of the bees and learn how the sun helps the bees find food. They will learn to tell time and direction by using the sun. Knee-highs will also make sun prints.
Discovery Day Camp
Kindergarten through 5th & 6th grade camps:
Non-members $160.00 per camper
TNI Members $140.00 per camper
Kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade camps are
M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Non-members $110.00 per camper
TNI Members $90.00 per camper
Pre-K camp is M-F from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuition includes: the $25 registration fee, a TNI camp t-shirt, snacks throughout week, take home crafts, 5:1 camper to counselor ratio, educational curriculum, guest speaker and a Friday family picnic. We accept check, cash, credit or debit cards.
Check out our Events Calendar for 2014 camp dates.
Here's a list of things to bring to camp and more info on policy and procedures.