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Education for Youth

Titmouse Club

Background Information

TheTitmouse 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 mornings, mid-September to mid-May, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. 

Titmouse Club begins at 10 AM. The program will be closed to new participants 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.

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. We 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. 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!

Contact: Mary Anne Weber, maweber@houstonaudubon.org
Jeanette Lambert, jlambert@houstonaudubon.org">jlambert@houstonaudubon.org

2019-2020 Schedule -- Topics to be Announced

Sep 10 Nature Art
Sep 17 Alligators
Sep 24 Bats
Oct 1 Chimney Swifts
Oct 8 Dolphins
Oct 15 Egrets
Oct 22 Frogs
Oct 29 Geckos
Nov 5 Hummingbirds
Nov 12 Isopods
Nov 19 Turkeys
Nov 26 no class - Thanksgiving
Dec 3 Jackrabbits
Dec 10 Mice
Dec 17 no class - Winter Break
Dec 24 no class - Winter Break
Dec 31 no class - Happy New Year
Jan 7 Bobcats
Jan 14 Backyard Birds
Jan 21 Owls
Jan 28 Pigeons
Feb 4 Queen Parrotfish
Feb 11 River Otters
Feb 18 Snakes
Feb 25 Sea Turtles
Mar 3 Black Bears
Mar 10 Vultures
Mar 17 no class - Spring Break
Mar 24 Whooping Cranes
Mar 31 Fish
Apr 7 Woodpeckers
Apr 14 Butterflies
Apr 21 Animal Babies
Apr 28 Vertebrates
May 5 Invertebrates

 

Hope you enjoy being in the Titmouse Club as much as we do!

Mary Anne Weber, Education Director and Jeanette Lambert, Education Assistant

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