A fallen log in the woods was the perfect place to dig for bugs, just some of the creatures living in the dirt. With bug boxes in hand, the toddlers soon found ants, roly poly bugs, worms and even a cricket. The top of each box had a magnifier on it, so they passed them around to examine their finds. Then they were all released back into the wild for the next group to find someday.
On the way back to the nature center, everyone stopped at the pond for a little mud digging. With tiny fishing nets, they were able to scoop out some mud, drain out the water and search through for some treasures. They found everything from a clam to tiny bugs and a small fish. By this time, staying clean was forgotten and everyone had some of their mud specimens all over them.
The next toddler camp for 3- and 4-year-olds, smells, will be held at the Pioneer Ridge Nature Center on Highway 63 from 10-11 a.m. July 2. Discover how animals depend on sense of smell to survive and experiment with the sense of smell indoors and out. The cost is $5 per child. For more information or to register for the camp, call 641-682-3091.