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Nature Education

  1. Girl Scout Camp - Juniors (8-12Y)

    July 6, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Join us for an exciting week of outdoor adventures and activities at Oliver Nature Park! During this fun filled camp, we will cover all the steps to earn five different Girl Scout Junior badges: Entertainment Technology, Detective, Trail Adventure, Animal Habitats, and Flowers. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag, daily snack, and 5 patches are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 3rd at 12 pm.

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  2. Science & Nature Collide Camp (8-12Y)

    July 6, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Explore science and nature in an outdoor setting in this weeklong camp designed for students ages 8-12 years old. Students will learn about outdoor safety and plan a hiking adventure. They will discover the science and technology behind detective work and entertainment. They will also explore botany and zoology through hands on activities with flowers and a visit from our Wildlife Ambassadors. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee. >br More Details

  3. Girl Scout Camp - Juniors (8-12Y)

    July 7, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Join us for an exciting week of outdoor adventures and activities at Oliver Nature Park! During this fun filled camp, we will cover all the steps to earn five different Girl Scout Junior badges: Entertainment Technology, Detective, Trail Adventure, Animal Habitats, and Flowers. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag, daily snack, and 5 patches are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 3rd at 12 pm.

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  4. Science & Nature Collide Camp (8-12Y)

    July 7, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Explore science and nature in an outdoor setting in this weeklong camp designed for students ages 8-12 years old. Students will learn about outdoor safety and plan a hiking adventure. They will discover the science and technology behind detective work and entertainment. They will also explore botany and zoology through hands on activities with flowers and a visit from our Wildlife Ambassadors. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee. >br More Details

  5. Science & Nature Collide Camp (8-12Y)

    July 8, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Explore science and nature in an outdoor setting in this weeklong camp designed for students ages 8-12 years old. Students will learn about outdoor safety and plan a hiking adventure. They will discover the science and technology behind detective work and entertainment. They will also explore botany and zoology through hands on activities with flowers and a visit from our Wildlife Ambassadors. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee. >br More Details

  6. Little Naturalists (3-5Y) - Kids Camping

    July 8, 2020, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Come learn about nature through exploration. We will read, sing, create a craft, and have a hands-on exploration all about nature. The theme this class will be Kids Camping.
    Pre-registration required.

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  7. Girl Scout Camp - Juniors (8-12Y)

    July 9, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Join us for an exciting week of outdoor adventures and activities at Oliver Nature Park! During this fun filled camp, we will cover all the steps to earn five different Girl Scout Junior badges: Entertainment Technology, Detective, Trail Adventure, Animal Habitats, and Flowers. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag, daily snack, and 5 patches are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 3rd at 12 pm.

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  8. Science & Nature Collide Camp (8-12Y)

    July 9, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Explore science and nature in an outdoor setting in this weeklong camp designed for students ages 8-12 years old. Students will learn about outdoor safety and plan a hiking adventure. They will discover the science and technology behind detective work and entertainment. They will also explore botany and zoology through hands on activities with flowers and a visit from our Wildlife Ambassadors. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee. >br More Details

  9. Girl Scout Camp - Juniors (8-12Y)

    July 10, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Join us for an exciting week of outdoor adventures and activities at Oliver Nature Park! During this fun filled camp, we will cover all the steps to earn five different Girl Scout Junior badges: Entertainment Technology, Detective, Trail Adventure, Animal Habitats, and Flowers. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag, daily snack, and 5 patches are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration is required by Friday, July 3rd at 12 pm.

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  10. Science & Nature Collide Camp (8-12Y)

    July 10, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Explore science and nature in an outdoor setting in this weeklong camp designed for students ages 8-12 years old. Students will learn about outdoor safety and plan a hiking adventure. They will discover the science and technology behind detective work and entertainment. They will also explore botany and zoology through hands on activities with flowers and a visit from our Wildlife Ambassadors. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee. >br More Details

  11. Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)

    July 12, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish this summer, but not sure how or where to start? Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16.
    All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.
    Pre-registration required.

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  12. Science Starter Pack Camp (9-14Y)

    July 13, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Are you interested in science? Enjoy a science starter pack and learn about a different field of science each day! We will learn about topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Then, we will put our new knowledge to use with experiments and hands-on demonstrations. We will also take hikes through Oliver Nature Park to make observations of scientific principles in nature. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration by July 10th at 12 pm.

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  13. Science Starter Pack Camp (9-14Y)

    July 14, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Are you interested in science? Enjoy a science starter pack and learn about a different field of science each day! We will learn about topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Then, we will put our new knowledge to use with experiments and hands-on demonstrations. We will also take hikes through Oliver Nature Park to make observations of scientific principles in nature. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration by July 10th at 12 pm.

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  14. Science Starter Pack Camp (9-14Y)

    July 15, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Are you interested in science? Enjoy a science starter pack and learn about a different field of science each day! We will learn about topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Then, we will put our new knowledge to use with experiments and hands-on demonstrations. We will also take hikes through Oliver Nature Park to make observations of scientific principles in nature. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration by July 10th at 12 pm.

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  15. Science Starter Pack Camp (9-14Y)

    July 16, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Are you interested in science? Enjoy a science starter pack and learn about a different field of science each day! We will learn about topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Then, we will put our new knowledge to use with experiments and hands-on demonstrations. We will also take hikes through Oliver Nature Park to make observations of scientific principles in nature. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration by July 10th at 12 pm.

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  16. Science Starter Pack Camp (9-14Y)

    July 17, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Are you interested in science? Enjoy a science starter pack and learn about a different field of science each day! We will learn about topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. Then, we will put our new knowledge to use with experiments and hands-on demonstrations. We will also take hikes through Oliver Nature Park to make observations of scientific principles in nature. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration fee.
    Pre-registration by July 10th at 12 pm.

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  17. Parent’s Night Out (5-12Y)

    July 17, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join Oliver Nature Park staff for a night of FUN while mom and dad take a night off! We will be fishing, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. Includes dinner, exploration throughout the park and fishing, ending with a twilight hike. We'll provide pizza and a drink! Children should be prepared for the outdoor adventure including proper shoes, insect repellent, and a jacket.
    Pre-registration required.

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  18. Kayaking 101 (7Y+)

    July 18, 2020, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Britton Park

    Take a break from the hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual-seated kayaks along the creek on Joe Pool Lake. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a eco-friendly approach to paddle. Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.
    Pre-registration required.

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  19. Into the Forest Camp (5-8Y)

    July 20, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Students will learn all about the layers of the forest including the plants, animals, and insects that live there. Each day we will study a specific layer of the forest: forest floor, herb layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy. Students will get an up-close look at plants, animals, and more that share an unique ecosystem in our park. Daily activities will include crafts, experiments, nature walks, games, and hands-on nature exploration. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration.
    Pre-registration required by the Friday July 17th at 12 pm.

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  20. Into the Forest Camp (5-8Y)

    July 21, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Students will learn all about the layers of the forest including the plants, animals, and insects that live there. Each day we will study a specific layer of the forest: forest floor, herb layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy. Students will get an up-close look at plants, animals, and more that share an unique ecosystem in our park. Daily activities will include crafts, experiments, nature walks, games, and hands-on nature exploration. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration.
    Pre-registration required by the Friday July 17th at 12 pm.

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  21. Into the Forest Camp (5-8Y)

    July 22, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Students will learn all about the layers of the forest including the plants, animals, and insects that live there. Each day we will study a specific layer of the forest: forest floor, herb layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy. Students will get an up-close look at plants, animals, and more that share an unique ecosystem in our park. Daily activities will include crafts, experiments, nature walks, games, and hands-on nature exploration. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration.
    Pre-registration required by the Friday July 17th at 12 pm.

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  22. Into the Forest Camp (5-8Y)

    July 23, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Students will learn all about the layers of the forest including the plants, animals, and insects that live there. Each day we will study a specific layer of the forest: forest floor, herb layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy. Students will get an up-close look at plants, animals, and more that share an unique ecosystem in our park. Daily activities will include crafts, experiments, nature walks, games, and hands-on nature exploration. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration.
    Pre-registration required by the Friday July 17th at 12 pm.

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  23. Into the Forest Camp (5-8Y)

    July 24, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Students will learn all about the layers of the forest including the plants, animals, and insects that live there. Each day we will study a specific layer of the forest: forest floor, herb layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy. Students will get an up-close look at plants, animals, and more that share an unique ecosystem in our park. Daily activities will include crafts, experiments, nature walks, games, and hands-on nature exploration. Oliver Nature Park drawstring bag and daily snack are included in registration.
    Pre-registration required by the Friday July 17th at 12 pm.

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  24. Intro to Fishing (3-16Y)

    July 26, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish this summer, but not sure how or where to start? Join us for beginning fishing classes at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for junior anglers ages 3-16.
    All anglers over 16 years of age must have a valid Texas fishing license to fish in Mansfield Parks.
    Pre-registration required.

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  25. Junior Geologist - Fossil Finders (5-8Y)

    July 27, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Visitors to Oliver Nature Park are often focused on the plants and animals that live there. But what lies beneath our feet when we visit? Join a naturalist for a geology-related lesson and a walk to explore the inorganic side of nature. What are fossils, and how are they made? What fossils can we find at the park?
    Pre-registration is required.

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  26. Junior Geologist - Paleontology (9-14Y)

    July 27, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Visitors to Oliver Nature Park are often focused on the plants and animals that live there. But what lies beneath our feet when we visit? Join a naturalist for a geology-related lesson and a walk to explore the inorganic side of nature. How are fossils formed, and what can they tell us about the history of the Earth?

    Pre-registration is required.

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  27. Kayaking 101 (7Y+)

    July 28, 2020, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Britton Park

    Take a break from the hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual-seated kayaks along the creek on Joe Pool Lake. Participants will enjoy a scenic paddle looking for wildlife and plants with a naturalist. We will also instruct on safety, proper techniques, and a eco-friendly approach to paddle. Each child ages 7-17 years must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.
    Pre-registration required.

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  28. Summer Scavenger Hunt Hike

    July 28, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Come enjoy Oliver Nature Park and learn about the wonders of nature on a guided hike with a Naturalist! Wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. All participants over 2 years of age must pre-register. Each child/family must have at least one adult attending and registered for the program. We encourage nature walks for the whole family!
    Pre-registration required.

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  29. Little Naturalists (3-5Y) - Nature Artistry

    July 29, 2020, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Come learn about nature through exploration. We will read, sing, create a craft, and have a hands-on exploration all about nature. The theme this class will be Nature Artistry.
    Pre-registration required.

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  30. Terrarium Workshops (5Y+) - Fairy Garden

    July 30, 2020, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM @ Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

    Come create your own mini ecosystem using succulents. The theme for this workshop will vary each class. All supplies are provided.
    Pre-registration required.

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  31. Intro to Archery (6-10Y)

    July 31, 2020, 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM @ McClendon Park West

    Find out how fun picking up a bow and being outdoors can be at McClendon Park West! This class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Archery teaches respect for nature and builds confidence through practice. Bows and arrows are provided.

    Pre-registration required.

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  32. Intro to Archery (11-17Y)

    July 31, 2020, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ McClendon Park West

    Find out how fun picking up a bow and being outdoors can be at McClendon Park West! This class is designed for beginning archers to learn the basics and good techniques with a USA Archery certified instructor. Archery teaches respect for nature and builds confidence through practice. Bows and arrows are provided.

    Pre-registration required.

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