Family Nature Night

Family Nature Night discusses polar bears

We might not live in the arctic among the polar bears, but it sure has felt like it this past week.

The staff at the Dickinson County Nature Center are embracing the weather with their next free Family Nature Night event on Friday, Feb. 26, with the theme of Polar Bear Pajama Party.

“We’re looking forward to talking about an awesome animal who fits right in with the arctic weather we have been enduring recently,” said environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman.

Family Nature Night will be held at the new Maser Monarch Lodge and families will choose between 5 and 7 p.m. time slots with a limit of eight families per time slot. Preregistration is required.

The families are being encouraged to wear their pajamas and get cozy to learn about polar bears and the adaptations they have made to survive and thrive in such inhospitable temperatures.

“Families will get to do three hands-on experiments to understand how these amazing adaptations of a polar bear help them to survive in the arctic,” Kuhlman said. “We will learn polar bears have black skin and transparent fur to stay warm, bears have a waterproof coat and about the polar bear sense of smell.”

Each family will have their own table set up with supplies for the experiments to ensure that it is easy to social distance. The organizers are also asking that everyone over the age of five wears a mask during the event.

“I am most looking forward to doing the experiments! I think that kids and adults will enjoy setting up and seeing the results of the experiments,” Kuhlman said. “We have really enjoyed researching polar bears and finding ways to bring their adaptations to life in a way that is easy to understand and hands on.”

Kuhlman hopes that learning about these amazing animals together helps these families care more about nature.

“Learning about anything as a family helps them to grow together. Family Nature Nights help families to grow together but also grow to be nature minded and create curiosity in both adults and children,” Kuhlman said.