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Explore your own backyard with Parks & Rec’s Nature in your Neighborhood program

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The program runs through Saturday, August 12. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Parks & Recreation

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Keeping the family entertained, active, and outside doesn’t have to cost you a fortune — it can be free. Venture outdoors for some family-friendly activities thanks to Lexington Parks & Recreation’s Nature in Your Neighborhood program.

Mondays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Adventure Time will take you on an expedition through local parks to explore + support our ecosystems.

  • StoryWalk — Hear local folklore while you take a stroll.
  • The Adaptation Game — Meet and learn about creatures found in our parks.
  • Tree Huggers — Identify trees via their bark + leaves.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Earth Lab will help you tap into your inner scientist. Experiment with hands-on tools to learn more about solar power, geological mysteries, and the environment.

  • Geocaching – Learn about Lexington’s geology + improve your navigation skills.
  • Prism Pal – Make your own spectroscopes to solve the mystery behind rainbows.
  • Solar Snacks – Use the power of the sun to cook up a treat in a solar oven.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Follow your food from seed to table by helping plant a garden that’s good for you and the planet. Activities include:

  • Bug Friends & Foes – Learn about pollinators and pests + create a home for these beneficial bugs.
  • Seed Savvy – Follow the journey of tiny seeds + collect your own.
  • Wormy Wednesdays – Turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil thanks to our wiggly earth-loving friends.

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nature Crafts encourages you to tap into your inner Monet and let the natural world inspire your art.

  • Earthbenders – Create your own pottery from ordinary dirt.
  • Plant Palette – Explore the art all around you from the colors found in nature.
  • Trash to Treasure – Reduce, reuse, and upcycle by breathing new life into discarded items.

Saturday, 2-3 p.m.

Get your hands dirty at our community centers to learn about planting and help maintain a garden.

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