Finding the perfect end of the summer outing can be a challenge. Not to worry, the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut is offering two good options on August 29 and 30. The special programs planned will get parents and children out in the fresh air and participating in a variety of activities that make the Institute a perfect spot for a late August day trip. These innovative programs are sure to bring you and your family closer to nature creating the perfect backdrop for a hands-on experience.
The first program, on Saturday, August 29 takes place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you want to learn more about river ecology and bugs, this program is a must! Families and youngsters will take a half-mile walk to the Shepaug River to look for the creatures that live in and around the water. This interactive program will teach families about the bugs and the animals and fish that live in and near the river. Kids will enjoy the challenge of spotting bugs, frogs, and other creatures. A highlight will be to learn about what these animals tell us about the health of this ecosystem and the steps we can take to help preserve it. It is suggested that participants wear water shoes so that they can get into the action on the river.
The second outdoor program offered by the Institute will take place on Sunday, August 30th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on the natural history of birds, bears, and beavers. Lead by Susan Scherf, museum educator, and former wildlife rehabilitator, attendees will participate in an interesting discussion about the wildlife that can be found in northwest Connecticut. It is fun to learn about the habitat that these wild animals live in. This wildlife experience will bring out the “naturalist” in all participants and give tips on how to spot local wildlife and the steps we can take to protect these beautiful animals.
These two events at the Institute for American Indian Studies are included in the price of admission; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. Members are free. Due to COVID-19, the Institute is practicing social distancing at all outdoor events. The museum is also open and if visitors want to visit it before or after an event, masks are required.
About the Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.