PBS KIDS, National Parks, Beach and Rec Join to ‘Explore the Outdoors’

For the second year in a row, PBS KIDS is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to inspire families to "Explore the Outdoors" this spring. This spring Beach & Recreation joins the partnership.

Starting Monday, April 1, PBS KIDS kicks off Earth Month with three weeks of themed on-air programming, online content, and local events designed to encourage kids and families to explore the outdoors and discover nature. Families will also have the opportunity to experience fun, educational outdoor activities with local PBS member stations and NRPA member park and recreation agencies, including Madison Beach & Recreation.

"The start of spring presents a great opportunity for families to discover more about the world around them," said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager of Children's Media for PBS. "As we celebrate Earth Month, PBS KIDS is committed to providing content to encourage children to learn about the environment while fostering a love of outdoor play and exploration."

During the month of April, Beach & Recreation is hosting many events coordinated with PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors activities and materials. From investigations of wind, trees and habitats to nature hikes and recycling activities, families can learn up-close about nature and the environment.

"Madison Beach & Recreation provides our community the opportunity to experience nature and the outdoors," said Recreation Supervisor Carrie Gazda." Local parks are great places to show every child that nature and the environment are not only important, but also entertaining and fun."

PBS On-Air Programming

Leading up to the Earth Day premiere is the special Curious George Swings into Spring. Then PBS KIDS will present three weeks of themed programming from the popular science-based series Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!

Themed weeks include: Wild Kratts Rainforest Week from April 1 to 5, Dinosaur Train Dancing with Dinosaurs Week from April 8 to 12, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Fabulous Animal Families Week from April 15 to 19.

Online and mobile resources for families are also available. Kids can continue their exploration online with outdoor-themed games, activities and videos available on pbskids.org/outdoors and through the PBS KIDS video app. Parents can also find activities from the on-air episodes, listings for PBS KIDS Day in the Park events, and ideas and resources to explore the outdoors anytime on pbsparents.org/outdoors.

Madison Beach & Recreation is offering the following programs to complement and localize the PBS programs. For further information or to register where required, see the Beach & Recreation page at the town website www.madisonct.org or contact Beach & Recreation Recreation Supervisor Carrie Kelly Gazda at gazdac@madisonct.org or 203-245-5623.

Magnificent Machines on Friday, April 5 for ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Two Sessions: 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. at Bauer Park on Copse Road. Registration required.

Dig Those Decomposers on Friday, April 26 for ages 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. Two sessions: 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. at Bauer Park on Copse Road. Registration required.

Madison Nature Detectives on Fridays, April 5 to April 26 (No class April 19) for ages 4 to 6 for weekly visits to Madison's great outdoor places. Two time slots: 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m.; locations change each week and participants will be notified by email where to meet. Registration required.

Astronomy Night on Saturday, April 6 for all ages. 7:30 p.m. at Bauer Park on Copse Road. Free and open to the public. No pre-registration required.

Get Ready for Bluebirds on Sunday, April 7 for all ages. 1 to 3 p.m. at Bauer Park on Copse Road. Free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.

Cool-ology Budding Scientists on Tuesdays, April 2 to May 28 (no class May 16) from 4 to 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Students investigate a cool science topic each week. Registration required.

Cool-ology Pint-sized Scientists on Tuesdays, April 2 to May 28 (no class May 16) from 1 to 2 p.m. for ages 7 to 10. Hands-on, inquiry-based science topics. Registration required

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