Parks program explores the outdoors

CORTLAND — Learning about nature and the outdoors throughout the summer is one of the objectives for children enrolled in the Lakeview Outdoor Adventures program held each Tuesday through August.

Laura DePizzo, program coordinator along with the Cortland Parks Department, said the sessions for elementary-age students focus on nature and outdoor activities at various parks.

Activities include hikes, crafts, hands-on projects, stories and presentations, DePizzo said.

For recent programs on birds and health and fitness, Malia Navarra, 6, of Bazetta, and Dominic Kifer, 9, of Cortland spent time identifying different types of birds.

Navarra said she likes to be able to do outdoor activities and likes that she was able to go into the woods.

Kifer said he liked the activity of seeing what is inside owl pellets.

“There is a different theme each week,” said DePizzo, a trained volunteer naturalist. Upcoming topics include animal tracks, composting, birdhouses, plants and erosion.

Emily Krygowski, a Lakeview school teacher, said she got involved with the program to educate people on being well. She led several exercises for the children.

The program begins at 10 a.m. each Tuesday in July and 6 p.m. each Tuesday in August at Willow Park, Eastlake Metropark sled park and other sites. For information, call 330-307-8311.

No registration or fee is needed, but parents are asked to sign a waiver at the first class.