Izaak Walton League of America

Tiny Ikes (T’Ikes) Program

Does outdoor play make kids smarter? We know that outdoor play improves kids' physical health. All that fresh air and exercise – what's not to like? The truth is, there actually may be more to like. Outdoor play is increasingly linked scientifically to stronger mental muscle. Read more in this article from the San Jose Mercury News.

Encourage your children to love the outdoors and they’ll love it for life – and lead a healthier lifestyle. Join the Izaak Walton League for a program celebrating the wonders of nature.

This program has been designed specially for children ages 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult for each program – it’s an experience you’ll treasure together.

NEW – Summer Adventure Camp!
We are hosting a Tiny Ikes Adventure Camp in summer 2014; details under the link.

Spring 2014 Classes

Spring Detectives - April 2 (Wed.) 10:30-11:30 a.m. (date change) AND
    April 12 (Sat.)  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Spring has arrived! Let's search for evidence that the plants and animals are ready to wake from their long winter's nap.

Birds of a Feather - April 23 (Wed.) 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take flight as we go on an adventure to discover where birds live, how they build their nests, and how many different species we can find.

Flutterby Butterfly - May 3 (Sat.) 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. AND
     May 6 (Tues.) 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and what we can do to protect them as we grow our wings and soar in this outdoor adventure.

Bugs, Bees, and Slimy Things - May 22 (Thurs.) 10:30-11:30 a.m.
We will look high and low for insects, worms, and other creepy crawlies as we learn about how important they are and why we can't live without them.

Classes are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Sign up for all 4 classes and get a discounted rate of $32.

Download a registration form.

All spring classes are at the Izaak Walton League of America National Conservation Center, 707 Conservation Drive, Gaithersburg, MD  20878. For more information, contact Rebecca Wadler-Lase at rwadler@iwla.org. If you are interested in starting your own Tiny Ikes program, contact Rebecca for program details.

Just listen to what a few of our T'Ikes are saying about our program:

  • "There sure is a lot of nature out here!"
  • "Nature is awesome!"
  • "Yea, we get to go outside and explore!"
  • "It's Nature Lady….we love you!"
  • "Being outside is cool!"

VIDEO: Thanks to Montgomery Community Television for visiting our T'Ikes Program in May 2012. Tune in to learn more about the class.

VIDEO: Watch a short video about the program.

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