To request an in-person Douglas-Hart program at your library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 217-235-4644, or use the online request form. When scheduling, please have multiple dates in mind, as the program availability fills quickly.
Program price depends on the distance of your library from the Douglas-Hart Nature Center. Discounts are available for partnering with nearby libraries. Contact the Nature Center for details.
All programs include a craft and a live animal to meet and greet.
Designed for up to 35 school-aged children. Our educators will adjust each program for the amount and ages present.
Our educators can adjust to your space. We request you provide a table at the front of the space. Audience may be seated on the floor, in chairs, or at tables.
Programs are 50-60 minutes but can be shortened by request.
Purchasing a virtual program gains your library access to a Google Classroom that includes everything to host our virtual programs - see 2020's Digology program below!
Each program features an interactive video as the main component. The video is a combination of a Douglas-Hart Nature Center staff member and animation. There are stopping points for participants to pause the video and complete an activity based on what they have learned in the video.
A 'Getting Started' document will be included to assist libraries in navigating through the programs.
Each program has a minimal materials list to complete the activities, along with a workbook created by Douglas-Hart Nature Center. While the materials are not necessary to enjoy the educational video, it does enhance the experience by allowing interactive, engaging activities. Libraries can choose to:
Supply the materials for the participants
Send the materials list to participants for them to get/print on their own
Purchase material kits from the Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Here’s how you can facilitate this virtual program:
Watch it in-person at your library while following appropriate CDC guidelines
Watch the video ‘together’ with your participants via Zoom, Google Meets, or another video chat platform
Send the video link to participants for them to watch on their own
An additional resources document will also be included for more fun and educational resources on the program themes.