4-H Nature Club kicks off

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By Kacie Goode

Students ages 8-18 who are interested in connecting with nature can now do so through the 4-H Nature Club.


The club, a cooperation between the Nelson County Extension Office and the Nelson County Public Library, aims to expose kids to topics such as forestry, geology and entomology through fun activities, while also developing a sense of leadership through weekly meetings.

The club kicked off its year on Wednesday at the library with its first meeting, led by reference librarian Holly Lawrence.

Lawrence started the meeting with a bingo game to help members get to know one another, and then followed with another activity that helped teach them the different leadership roles involved in the club. The club officers will be chosen at the next meeting.

Afterwards, the kids went outside to play a game similar to tag, called “Oh Deer,” that was designed to get them thinking about the importance of habitat and how it affects wildlife.

The game designated some students as deer and others as food, shelter or water. When told, the “resources” had to identify what they were and deer had to identify what they needed, then collect the appropriate resources, with the goal of having all three.

Later on, predators were added to the mix, and were able to interfere with the collection.

The 4-H Nature Club will meet from 4-5 p.m. March 16, 23, 30; April 13 and 20, and May 4, 11, 18 and 25. Those interested in joining can still do so.