Tag Archives: nature

Get Ready for School at the Zoo

Girl-with-sheepsby Emily Lemons

A visit to the zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world, but did you know it could also help your child get ready for kindergarten in a fun and meaningful context?  We are fortunate to have the Chattanooga Zoo in our community and as a partner in our kindergarten readiness program, Countdown to Kindergarten. While the ideas in this post are written specifically with the Chattanooga Zoo in mind, many of the ideas and activities can apply to many other places you might visit Continue reading →

Outdoor Family Fun in Chattanooga

CurtisBy Curtis Jolley
Public Relations Coordinator

If you live near the Chattanooga, Tenn., area, you no doubt know what a beautiful city it is and the plethora of outdoor adventures there are that truly make it the “Scenic City.” Here’s just a few ideas to help your family get out, be healthy, and of course, have plenty of fun along the way. Continue reading →

Charlotte – A Lesson in the Cycle of Life

By: Karen Dewhirst
Museum Science Manager

Charlotte, a Golden Orb Weaver, sits on her nicely-spun web.

Charlotte, a Golden Orb Weaver, sits on her nicely-spun web.

There was a buzz of excitement when Creative Discovery Museum staff members noticed that our resident Golden Orb-Weaving Spider, Charlotte, had created a large, round, golden egg sack. The thought of watching hundreds of baby Charlotte’s hatch in the coming months was thrilling. Continue reading →

“Holey Moley!” Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

JayneBy: Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

“Holey Moley!” Shouted my 2-year old grandson as he saw the blue heron take off from our icy creek last winter. I doubled over in laughter as I heard those adult words come out of his little mouth, but they were an honest expression of the wonder he found in seeing that large bird take flight. Seeing that bird had become a routine occurrence for me, but for Hill

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Field Journals Record Science and Great Memories

   By: Karen Dewhirst
   Museum Experience Manager, Science/Exhbits
   Creative Discovery Museum

My earliest memory  of  wandering outdoors was on a morel mushroom hunt in early spring on a chilly damp morning.  I was the only child in the group of four adults and new to mushroom hunting, but at five years old, I had two great advantages over the adults. I was short and had good eyesight!

I felt like a hero that day by finding more morels than all the adults put together.  I remember that hunt like it was yesterday. The experience was the beginning of a love for nature and fascination with the natural world that has shaped my life. Continue reading →

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