NRDI Comes to the Library Partnership

Starting in November, the Natural Resources Diversity Initiative - a student based organization of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida – will be making regular visits to the Library Partnership. NRDI, as they are called, will give science based presentations with experiments and activities for kids, teens, and their parents. They are set for 3:30 PM on Friday, November 4th and 3:30 PM on Friday, December 2nd. They will also be coming at 3:30 PM on January 27th, February 3rd, and February 24th. Check the events calender for more information.


Friday, November 4th - 3:30 PM

"Spooky Costumes with a Purpose: Camouflage from Around the World"

Spot the Chameleon (picture of camouflaged Chameleon)

How great would it be to wear a costume year round? Or go undetected by blending into the background? Animals use the powers of camouflage to hide from predators, catch prey and to mimic other dangerous animals. Kids will learn all about how some animals camouflage themselves to fit into their environment, but others wear "costumes" to look like "scary" animals. This presentation is appropriate for all ages, interactive and will conclude with creating your own camouflage mask!


Friday, December 2nd - 3:30 PM

"I Spot a Flock: Migratory Birds, Beaks, & Bird Feeders"

Bird's Beak

Where did you come from and where did you go? What do you eat? A bird's beak will tell us what we should know! This program will teach kids all about birding in their backyard. Plus, kids will learn why birds migrate and where they come from. They will also learn how the size and shape of a bird beak (specialization) tells us what they eat. Finally, kids will make a bird feeder to take home. Parents should bring one large pine cone per child and expect this program to get a little messy! Note: Feeders will be made with vegetable shortening.