Program merges books, nature at Brooker Creek Preserve

- Educators are enriching the minds of pre-schoolers during a new program merging reading and nature.

Every Thursday, children gather around Jacqueline Labus at the Brooker Creek Preserve while she leads Book Time. 

"They really get into it when I read a story to them they will look at the book and they will want to point to the little pictures of the animals and what I am reading about," Labus said.

FOX 13 News joined Book Time during a story about groundhogs. Parents said the stories help their children better understand the world around them.

Jaimie Cole brought her son to the class.

"They just absolutely love nature... I think children are, kind of have that nature connection, so they love to come here and enjoy the craft and the story," Cole explained.

Vickie Anderson said she loves bringing her granddaughters to the class.

"Five deer we saw on our way in this morning. A couple ran across us we saw three in the woods just you never know what you are going to see up here." Anderson said.

Classes are designed so children learn something different about animals or the environment each week.  The children also participate in a craft to reinforce what they learned.

"They're learning. They don't realize that they are learning so its a good time," parent Andy Traynor said.

The free program in Pinellas County starts at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.

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