Our first time attending the Nature Story Hour I remember watching my little one who was enthralled with the nature-based story and quietly listening (as toddlers and preschoolers do…ha) with peers. I scanned the room and watched the happy and engaged faces of the kids. I felt that quiet happiness that fills up a parent’s heart watching your children learn.
I remember thinking that this was something we’d experience in a big city but there we’d generally face a sign up process, a waiting list, and fees. Instead, at Grimes Farm, we showed up a few minutes before it began, introduced ourselves, and enjoyed the program. The best part was that it was free!
Even though I only knew my one friend who invited me, I recognized faces of moms and dads from around town who smiled at me with the same recognition so it had a feeling of familiarity even though it was my first time there.
It was an educational and social experience for my little and for me, it offered a low-pressure opportunity to be social. A win-win.
Carrie Grimes Barr presents the Nature-based Story Hour every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10-11. There is a story and then usually a walk outside on the trails to explore the farm. Story Hour is for toddlers and preschoolers and caretakers. It’s a perfect activity to do in the winter cold. If you think it’s too chilly to bring your little one on the walk then you can just attend the Story portion. It’s a very flexible program.
Here are the upcoming Story Hours for January and February:
Keep a watch out on our Event Calendar to find the Spring and Summer dates as well.
We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful facility here in Marshalltown and we have several future posts coming to highlight more of the resources, programs, and events that Grimes Farm and the Marshall County Conservation Center bring to our town.