Nature Activity Wall debuts at Osborn MetroPark

Personal donations pay for new feature.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 8, 2013

 

Joanna Catri, 3, happily fastened a LEGO hippopotamus into place as she snapped free an elephant to play with.

She then gazed at a board nearly quadruple her height, packed with educational tools aimed to increase her knowledge and curiosity of nature. Joanna played with Erie MetroParks’ new Nature Activity Wall inside the Frost Center at Osborn MetroPark.

The interactive board features:
• A white board and chalkboard so children can write down their thoughts about nature. q A LEGO board complete with snap-on animals and other wildlife. q Magnetic letters for children to create words.

• Snippets of interesting facts about Erie MetroParks’ various venues.

For instance, children can learn turkeys roam around James H. McBride Arboretum at BGSU Firelands or about flyingsquirrels gliding around Edison Woods MetroPark in Berlin Township.

“I just thought it would be a treat to have something more interactive here,” Erie MetroParks’ naturalist Jess Henning said.

Personal donations, totaling about $500, paid for the board.

Want to play?
WHAT: The Nature Activity Wall, a new, interactive feature at Erie MetroParks’ Frost Center in Osborn MetroPark. Children can draw, play, build and learn with activities spread throughout the wall.
WHERE: 3910 E. Perkins Ave., Huron
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday