To Pam McQuistian, the outdoors is so wondrous it has to be explored to be fully realized.
To introduce youngsters to its joys, the environmental education specialist at Keystone State Park in Derry Township will instruct nine free children's DiscoverE nature programs through Aug. 1 at the park.
"It's to have fun being outside because some children are withdrawn indoors with electronics. It gets them outside to appreciate nature and so they will protect nature," Mrs. McQuistian said.
The offerings are categorized as hide-n-seekers, for 3- to 5-year-olds (requires adult accompaniment for each child); outdoor explorers, for 6- to 8-year-olds; and Penn's adventurers, for 9- to 13-year-olds.
The remaining program subjects, times, dates, and group are:
• Dino Hunt, 1 to 2 p.m. today ; hide-n-seekers
• Fossil Search, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today ; outdoor explorers
• Dig Into Archaeology, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday; Penn's adventurers
• Sensing Summer, 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 1; hide-n-seekers
• Weather Wonders, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 1; outdoor explorers
• Meteorology Madness, 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 2; Penn's adventurers.
Programs begin in the visitor center before heading outdoors. Children earn awards after attending three or more programs.
An awards ceremony will take place during a picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pavilion 1 Aug. 8.
Preregistration is required for the picnic and programs; register online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 724-668-2566. A suggested donation of $3 per child is appreciated for program supplies.