Lifestyle Briefs: Natural science center offers Nature Play Time

September 03. 2017 2:03AM

Natural science center offers Nature Play Time

HOLDERNESS - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, plans "Nature Play Time" for children ages 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Children will join a naturalist for some unstructured play in nature. The program has children explore the science center's forests, fields and ponds. Children should dress for the weather.

The cost is $5 for member children; $7 for nonmembers. An adult must participate with children at no additional cost.

For more about the program, go to or call 968-7194.

Nature-based workshop offered for educators

New Hampshire Audubon, New Hampshire Fish and Game, and New Hampshire Project Learning Tree are presenting a workshop for preschool to kindergarten teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the N.H. Audubon Massabesic Center in Auburn.

The workshop will share ideas for taking students outside and bringing nature inside through multiple developmental areas and subject connections.

Thanks to support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Office, registration is $20. Educators will receive the early childhood curricula manuals from Project WILD and Project Learning Tree.

To register, go to

Families First announces parenting programs

PORTSMOUTH - Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, offers free parenting programs each month:

. Family Game Night, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. A light supper will be followed by games.

. "1,2,3 Magic," Tuesdays, Sept. 12 and 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Parents will learn tools and strategies for reducing daily arguing and testing, whining and fighting to enable more quality family time.

. Better Together Support Group, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. For parents or caregivers (including foster parents) who are or have been involved in child protection cases. People will be able to ask questions about how DCYF works and talk with others who understand how it feels to be involved with DCYF.

. Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group, Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 25, 6-7:45 p.m. This will provide a place for parents to connect with one another, share tips and techniques, and learn how to help their child succeed in school and at home. Parents are asked to commit to at least five of the six sessions. Participation is limited to 15 families.

. "Your Child's Nutrition," Thursday, Sept. 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Parents will learn which snack foods pack the most nutrition and which to avoid, how to get a child to eat healthfully while at school and some ideas on how to pack a balanced, tasty school lunch.

. "Parenting Your Challenging Teen," Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. This is for parents of children ages 12 to 21 who are struggling with emotional or behavioral problems. Topics will include anger management and mindfulness, limit-setting, substance use, bullying, social media use, trauma, co-parenting, teen brain development and how best to communicate with your teen. The group is limited to 16 people. Parents are asked to commit to a minimum of four weeks.

Advance registration is required for all of the programs, which also include free child care. To sign up, go to or call 422-8208 ext. 2.


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