Science, Education and Fun
for the children of Blount County
During the month of June FLFR hosts several "Days on the River" for elementary children that attend summer school programs organized by the Blount County Schools Foundation.
The children participate in several 30-40 minute activities, such as: learning to kayak, what do creepy critters say about the river's water quality, watch a play presented by the Covered Bridge Players, play field games, listen to stories and music.
Here is FLFR’s 2022 Science, Education and Fun programs:
- June 2 - Pathfinders at the River - Cleveland Elementary School (95 children)
- June 3 - Explorers at the River - Blountsville Elementary School (189 children)
- June 4 - Kids' Day on the River is a summer fun day that includes environmental education and adventures by the river for elementary-aged children and their families. Estimate 300 persons.
- June 16 - Oneonta Public Library Adult Summer Program at 5:30 pm - watercolor class by artist Joan Babcock and a FLFR representative will talk about wildlife
- June 17 - Blountsville Public Library Children’s summer program - watercolor class by artist Amanda Faulkner-Barret
- June 22 - Dreamcatchers at the River - Susan Moore Elementary School (162 children)
- June 21 - Oneonta Public Library Teen Summer Program. Small lecture/presentation on river animals: Bluegill, river otter, and turtles.
- June 22 - Oneonta Public Library Children’s Summer Program - hike in Palisades Park, FLFR will lead and talk about wildlife & plants.
- June TBD- Nature/Art program for teens taught by Andy Jordan - Blount County Schools Foundation summer programs.
This year FLFR is donating 200 books “Hello, Puddle!” to families in Blount County. A nonfiction picture book exploring a deceptively simple but unexpectedly crucial resource for wildlife: puddles! This lyrical, gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book is perfect for young science learners and nature lovers.
In 2021 - 200 books “A Garden to Save the Birds,” a story of how children can learn about and care for our environment, was distributed free of cost to Blount County families through summer workshops at the Oneonta Public Library (100 families) and the Blountsville Public Library (30 families) as well as through the Blount County Education Foundation’s Summer Camp (70 families). All copies of this book were funded by an anonymous donor as a gift in honor of FLFR’s 30 years of river stewardship.
FLFR will continue to look for opportunities to inspire children and their families to enjoy the outdoors.
FLFR is inclusive of all members of the community in our activities and events.
FLFR welcomes your participation. Questions? [email protected].