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Education for Youth

Titmouse Club

Background Information

The Audubon Docent Guild's Titmouse Club is designed for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. Please do NOT bring your play group, etc. to this program as a group activity. Thanks!

Through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks and crafts, your children will be inspired with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world around them. Titmouse Club meets on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, mid-September to mid-May, 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

Titmouse Club begins at 10 AM. Program will be closed at 10:15 AM. Please arrive on time so as not to disturb the experience for other children.

What is a Titmouse?

Titmouse

Titmouse Club is named for the inquisitive, small gray songbird with a white breast and a perky gray crest on its head, hence its full name, "Tufted Titmouse." Titmice are active and gregarious birds commonly seen within the Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary. They are often found with chickadees year-round in Houston’s wooded parks and yards.

Lesson Themes

Each week’s Titmouse Club lesson features a different nature theme, focusing on our own Houston-area animals and habitats. We’ll enjoy nature stories and puppets, hands-on biofacts, nature crafts, up-close animal encounters, and a short walk in the woods, all led by our volunteer docent teachers. Tuesday and Wednesday sessions in one week present the same nature topic.

Learning Environment

Teacher and students

An adult must stay with each child or family at Titmouse Club. You’re welcome to bring your younger children with you as well. However, we do ask that you take these younger ones aside if they begin to disrupt the program. We would greatly appreciate your attention to the program as well (please avoid cell phone use during the program). Also, encourage your child to leave your lap and sit up close to the storyteller so they can hear well and see all the pictures shown. Docents will lead the lessons and activities, but cannot be responsible for supervising each child. Please keep an eye on your children for their safety and enjoyment during the program. Thank you for helping us to create a positive educational environment.

Directions

Young students

Titmouse Club attendees should park in the west parking lot of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (12955 Memorial Drive). Enter the sanctuary through the marked gate in the fence near the rear of the church lot. To find the log cabin: Turn right at the first fork when you enter, then left over the Rummel Creek Bridge. The cabin will be straight ahead just past the ponds.

Program Fees

The cost is $5.00 per participating child. Discount Cards for five prepaid sessions for $20.00 are available, or you can bring correct change each time you attend. Please make checks payable to the Audubon Docent Guild (ADG). To pay in advance by credit card, use the link below. No reservations are necessary for Titmouse Club. Class size is limited to the first 15 children who arrive.

Weather

Students joining together

We hardy Titmice carry on even when it's cold and rainy, so don't let bad weather keep you away. We gather outside whenever possible, but we always have the heated log cabin for cozy shelter. Spring Titmice programs tend to fill up quickly so get here early to make sure you get a good spot! Hope you enjoy being in the Titmouse Club as much as we do!
Bethany Foshee, Coordinator, Audubon Docent Guild (bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org)

 

2018-2019 Schedule

(some repeated favorites and some new material)
Sep 11 & 12 Our Sanctuary
Sep 18 & 19 Watery World
Sep 25 & 26 Backyard Birds
Oct 2 & 3 Fall in the Forest
Oct 19 & 10 Bats
Oct 16 & 17 Owls
Oct 23 & 24 Pouched Opossums
Oct 30 & 31 Nighttime in the Forest
Nov 6 & 7 Nature Detectives
Nov 13 & 14 Native Americans
Nov 20 & 21 (no mtg - Thanksgiving)
Nov 27 & 28 How Animals Move
Dec 4 & 5 Spinning Spiders
Dec 11 & 12 Christmas in the Woods
Dec 18 & 19 (no mtg - Winter Camp)
Dec 25 & 26 (no mtg - Christmas)
Jan 1 & 2 (no mtg - New Year's)
Jan 8 & 9 Camouflage
Jan 15 & 16 Being Green
Jan 22 & 23 Scaly Snakes
Jan 29 & 30 Scampering Squirrels
Feb 5 & 6 Art in Nature
Feb 12 & 13 Animal Valentines
Feb 19 & 20 What Do Animals Eat
Feb 26 & 27 Nature Art!
Mar 5 & 6 Backyard Bugs
Mar 12 & 13 (no mtg - Spring Break Camp)
Mar 19 & 20 Busy Bees
Mar 26 & 27 Animal Babies
Apr 2 & 3 Wildflower Power
Apr 9 & 10 Dragonflies & Damselflies
Apr 16 & 17 Terrific Turtles
Apr 23 & 24 Swimming' Fishies
Apr 30 & May 1 Frogs & Toads
May 7 & 8 Life in the Pond
May 20-24 Come Along Camp (pre-registration required)
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