Nature Tots to learn about hedgehogs on Oct. 12-13

Life is good for one small animal who lives at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

And it’s about to get better.

Luna, the hedgehog, is celebrating her birthday complete with some fun with a bunch of toddlers.

The Dickinson County Nature Tots program for Oct. 12-13 will have the theme of Hedgehogs.

The‌ ‌Nature‌ ‌Tots‌ ‌programming‌ ‌is‌ ‌aimed‌ ‌at‌ ‌ages‌ ‌2-5‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌held‌ ‌the‌ ‌second‌ ‌Tuesday‌ ‌and‌ ‌Wednesday‌ ‌of‌ ‌each‌ ‌month‌ ‌at‌ ‌10:30‌ ‌a.m. ‌ ‌and‌ ‌1:30‌ ‌p.m. ‌ ‌ ‌

Each‌ ‌session‌ ‌is‌ ‌limited‌ ‌and‌ ‌spaces‌ ‌fill‌ ‌up‌ ‌quickly, ‌‌so‌ ‌please‌ ‌call‌ ‌the‌ ‌Dickinson‌ ‌County‌ ‌Nature‌ ‌Center‌ ‌to‌ ‌register‌ ‌prior‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌program‌ ‌date. ‌ ‌

The idea for the theme for this month seemed natural as October is a month meant to celebrate Luna.

“The theme this month is Hedgehogs because it is Luna’s birth month. Our nature tots will be able to meet and pet our hedgehog Luna,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, the environmental education coordinator with the Dickinson County Nature Center. “The nature tots will be able to learn about where hedgehogs live in the wild, their adaptations and why they are so unique.”

But it’s not just about sitting and learning, even though that’s part of what’s on the menu, there are opportunities to learn through actions and through art.

“The tots will be able to meet Luna and learn through play and movement. Students will be able to create a hedgehog to take home using play dough and pumpkin seeds,” Kuhlman said.

There will be more than Luna’s new face for the tots to meet this time at Nature Tots.

“I am most looking forward to our new naturalist Britney Snell getting to interact and educate our nature tots,” Kuhlman said.

While it will be fun to celebrate Luna, Kuhlman is also excited to teach the kids more about animals and for the families to learn more about nature together.

“Teaching young children to appreciate animals at a young age will teach them to be kind and considerate,’ Kuhlman said. “My favorite thing is seeing the families learn together and the excitement the tots have for the learning material.”