The Fox Island pond behind the southwest Allen County park's nature center was buzzing with activities Tuesday afternoon as preschoolers searched for pond critters to swoop up in their nets for closer examination.
The program, which falls on the second Tuesday of each month, is open to preschoolers, although a few of the children were just a little bit older. Ron Zartman, park and education manager at Fox Island County Park said they vary their program every month to give children lots of opportunities to explore nature.
Tuesday's program also included a watercolor session, where children painted their own view of the pond. The pond critter-netting episode was followed by a snack to round out the hour-and-a-half session.
Patricia Oelkuch had her four grandchildren with her. She had been bringing one of them all year as he is a preschooler, and his brother could hardly wait until school got out so he could come, too.
Nicole Lawson had her son and daughter with her. Her daughter, Brooke Lawson, 5, will be attending all-day kindergarten next fall. Lawson, who has attended the program regularly, said her daughter would miss it next year.
There is a small fee per session and a charge at the gate to get into the park at 7324 Yohne Road. Times, dates and fees can all be found on the park's website, allencountyparks.org/parks/fox-island.