NORMAN — Discovery Cove Nature Center at Lake Thunderbird has a slate of activities planned, beginning Saturday and continuing through much of next week, which is Norman's spring break.
The nature center is off State Highway 9 on Clear Bay Boulevard, across from the Turkey Pass campground.
Saturday, which is designated Mammal Day, will feature a 10 a.m. presentation by naturalist Kathy Furneaux titled “A Few Things to Know About Mammals.” Furneaux will repeat the presentation at 1 p.m.
At 2 p.m., children 3 and older are invited to make plaster casts of an animal footprint. Cost is 50 cents per cast. Casts require about an hour to set. While waiting for the casts to harden, children can join others for a presentation at 2:30 p.m. on “Skins, Skulls and Tracks.”
At 1 p.m. Sunday, Furneaux will present a slideshow on “Bats Around Us,” followed by a bat crafts session at 2:30 p.m. The crafts session is for children 4 and older, but 4-year-olds might require help from a parent or other adult. Cost is $1.
Snake and Amphibian Day will be celebrated Monday, with a talk on Oklahoma snakes set for 10 a.m. Furneaux will lead a children's story time at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., Furneaux will discuss Oklahoma amphibians. Children can make frog crafts at 2 p.m. and play reptile bingo at 3:30 p.m. Cost for the frog craft session is $1.
At 1 p.m. Thursday, children 5 and older can participate in a session titled “What's an Equinox?” An interactive program on “What Happens in Spring” will be at 2 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. crafts session in which children can make and decorate bookmarks. Cost for the crafts session is 50 cents.
Bug Day will be the Friday theme, which kicks off at 10 a.m. with a talk on Oklahoma insects. Children can make bug bookmarks at 11 a.m. Furneaux will present “How Many Legs? Get to Know the Arthropods” at 1 p.m. Participants can make bug prints at 2:30 p.m. and play bug bingo at 3:30 p.m.
Cost for the bookmarks session is 50 cents. The fee for the bug prints session is $1.50 to cover the cost of bandannas, or children can make a print on their own T-shirts for 50 cents.
At 10 a.m. March 23, Furneaux will present “What's an Equinox?” followed by an 11 a.m. session on “Looking for Spring.” Children can make spring bookmarks at 1 p.m. for 50 cents, participate in an interactive program about spring at 2 p.m. and play animal charades at 3 p.m.