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    Dayton Aviation Heritage

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For Kids

Rangers are your friend.


Are you interested in helping your children learn about nature and science and feel comfortable exploring the outdoors? The staff at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park will present a series of programs called Nature Quest again this year.

These programs are designed to provide children ages 6 to 12 and their care givers with knowledge and skills that will encourage them to explore the natural world around them. This is an opportunity for children to experience and learn about nature and science in a structured, safe environment. If you have children older or younger you are welcome to bring them along.

The programs are free of charge and will be offered every other Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The programs will begin on February 20, 2014 and will run through May 1, 2014. They will be held either at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center OR the Huffman Prairie Flying Field Interpretive Center.

Each program will vary in topic and will include some of the following learning experiences: nature and science based activities, experiments, music, and crafts. If the weather permits, a hike or outdoor activity will explore the concept of the day. Be sure to have the children dress for the weather!

Limited space is available! Please sign up ahead of time. Include the ages, the number of children and which programs you wish to attend. To sign up for the program or for additional information please call the park at 937-225-7705 or email: Maribeth Kambitsch at maribeth_kambitsch@nps.gov

The Dates and Topics for Nature Quest are:

April 17 – What's Going on at Huffman Prairie?

Orville Wright visited a field northeast of Dayton as a high school student. His class took a science field trip to the prairie near Mr. Torrance Huffman's cow pasture. In this Nature Quest, kids will learn about what Orville found there and why it was the perfect habitat for many plant and animals through hands-on activities. They'll also imagine how the work of the Wright brothers might have been viewed by the "local residents" of Huffman Prairie in 1904-'05; in a puppet show, the critters who lived on or near Mr. Huffman's pasture tell the story as they saw it!

This program will be at Huffman Prairie Interpretive Center on Wright Brothers Hill. For GPS: Near the intersection of State Route 444 and Skyline Drive (Road), Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 937-425-0008

May 1 – Topic: Home Grown—A Hands-on Introduction to Gardening.

Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for all ages, and allows you to grow fresh and delicious produce at home.

In this program, students will learn the basics of planting a spring garden, and gain hands-on experience helping Dayton Aviation Park Rangers prepare the soil and plant seeds for Dayton Aviation's garden. Our produce is donated to the Dayton Foodbank. Come help us out and get your hands dirty!

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty.
This program will be at Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center,
16 South Williams Street, Dayton, Ohio 45420, 937-225-7705.


Hey Kids!

Calling all Flat Stanleys!

Wilbear Wright WANTS YOU to visit Dayton's National Park.

Are you looking for a great destination to send your Flat Stanley? Then look no further than Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. We're the national park that tells the stories about two brothers that invented the airplane and a young African American poet who went from an elevator operator to international stardom.

By sending Flat Stanley to Dayton's National Park you'll be guaranteed your little friend will get the red-carpet treatment as he explores our park and Dayton.

It's ALL FREE so send your Flat Stanley to Dayton's National Park today.

Simply send Flat Stanley with your name and address to:

Wilbear's Friends
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
16 South Williams Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

In cooperation with the Flat Stanley Project, www.flatstanley.com


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FLAT STAN and WILBEAR Bike shop org 12 07 2011

Flatster and Wilbear gettng ready to make a bicycle in the Wright brothers' cycle shop.

Flatster, from Blue Springs Elementary School in Athens, Alabama shares a photo op with Wilbear in the Wright Cycle Company building.

Wilbear and Flatster are visiting a lot of places in Dayton, Ohio.

Did You Know?

Replica 1905 hangar at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field

The Wright brothers continued their flying experiments here on this cow pasture in Dayton, Ohio in 1904 and 1905, perfecting their machine and building the world's first practical airplane.