Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carbon County is offering a Nature Start program for children between the ages of 5 and 10 and their families. The program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 East White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

Youth involved in Nature Start will participate in monthly "gatherings" which encourage children to connect with nature through exploration, discovery and fun hands-on educational activities and events. Nature Start programs promote environmental awareness and knowledge of the natural world and are developed to inspire and encourage youth to spend more time outdoors.

Spring is in the air for March, so join in with a hike and spring-themed scavenger hunt. Children will learn about what they can expect to see and enjoy outside this spring; as well as paint their own flower pot and plant a bulb so they can watch it grow.

Pre-registration is a must for the program.

To register your children, contact the extension office at (570) 325-2788. If you have not completed a medical form or registration form, you can request these forms at that time.

Nature Start, like the 4-H Program is a youth component of Penn State University. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

For more information on Nature Start or the 4-H Program contact Georgia Farrow, 4-H Program Assistant at (570) 325-2788 or e-mail gaf4@psu.edu [1].