Due to the
coronavirus outbreak, Dunes Learning Center has suspended its education
programs and transitioned to social media and online content to continue
engaging and educating children about the natural world.
social media pages include nature craft tutorials, backyard nature walk-throughs
and a new video series starring Dunes Learning Centers chief naturalist
Anthony Escobedo on his hunt for the elusive “Sandsquatch.”
“This is mainly for
the kids; they are exposed to a lot right now,” said Escobedo. “There is so
much information about the pandemic out there, it is scary and a lot to take
on. We want to provide an opportunity for kids to escape everything that is
going on in the world and just be with the learning center in a fun,
series follows Escobedo throughout the Indiana Dunes National Park as he
tracks the never-before-seen Sandsquatch, looking for the footprints, scat
and clues it leaves behind.
“We wanted to
create something that is entertaining and makes kids feel like they are
exploring Dunes Learning Center,” said Escobedo. “We want nature to continue
playing a central role for our students, even with everything going on.”
these videos motivate kids to get out of the house, into their backyards and
appreciate the plant and animal life around them.
“We want to inspire
students to get outside,” said Escobedo. “What can kids find in their
backyards or where they live? They may not be looking for Sandsquatch, but
they can try and track some squirrels.”
Center plans on keeping nature close to the community. New episodes of “The
Search for Sandsquatch” will be posted every Tuesday on Dunes Learning
Center’s webpage (DunesLearningCenter.org) and Facebook page (Facebook.com/duneslearningcenter).
Center is a non-profit residential environmental education center and camp
devoted to inspiring lasting curiosity and stewardship of nature, even in