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Library to Offer Earth Rangers After School Program

Decorah Public Library will soon be the home base for a new after school program for 10 and 11 year olds called Rangers of the Earth.
When Sep 25, 2008
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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            Decorah Public Library will soon be the home base for a new after school program for 10 and 11 year olds called Rangers of the Earth.  It will meet weekly throughout the school year at the library and natural areas adjacent to Phelps Park.

            Rangers of the Earth is a training program laced with magical learning experiences that increase ecological understanding and feeling while stimulating examination of lifestyle choices.  The program’s five phases incorporate in-and outdoor experiences that build these skills.  Using Secret Decoder Books and Connection Scopes; visiting the Speck Trail Junction, the “Munchline” and the Time Room; going on Earthwalks, adopting a Magic Spot and practicing certain tasks at home are some of the ways participants earn their Earth Ranger status.

By the end of the program, children will have decoded all of the riddles presented to them and learned the Seven Secrets of the Earth.  They will also have an opportunity to communicate with  Earth Rangers in other communities across the country and in the world.

            The program will begin on Thursday, September 25 and continue throughout the school year.  It is free of charge and open to any child who is 10 or 11 now or will be within the next 4 months.  Because of the cumulative and sequential nature of the activities, participants must make a commitment to attend regularly.  There will be two longer sessions (~9:30 am – 2:30 pm) scheduled for Saturday or a day when school is not in session.  Because some of the sessions will meet at Phelps Park, a permission form signed by a parent or guardian is required.

            For more informatioin or to register, contact Heidi Swets, Youth Services Program Coordinator, Decorah Public Library, 382-3717 or youthservices@decorah.lib.ia.us

            Earth Rangers is designed by the Institute for Earth Education, an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping people live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world.  It is a volunteer network of individuals and member organizations committed to fostering earth education programs throughout our societies.  Decorah Public Library’s offering of Earth Rangers is made possible through the generous support of the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, Inc.