At Harmony State Park’s Nature Center, the park naturalist, other park employees, and the occasional renowned guest or volunteer from local communities help visitors discover the outdoors in a variety of ways from identifying plants and animals to learning about conservation and the relationships between people, plants, rocks, soils and wildlife.
As the park’s naturalist, Amelia gives talks, leads interpretive hikes and guides groups of children in craft making and other fun, nature-related activities.
“It’s a hands-on opportunity to learn about plants and animals that we can’t do in the classroom,” says Amelia. “The more experiences like this we can give our kids, the more connections they can make when they’re reading stories or non-fiction or learning about science and social studies. It helps them make connections between the classroom and the real world.”