From left, Grace Virgilio, 4, of New Freedom; Caleb Stewart, 4, of Felton; and Aidan Hall, 7, of Shrewsbury search for bugs and worms in a sample of leaves
From left, Grace Virgilio, 4, of New Freedom; Caleb Stewart, 4, of Felton; and Aidan Hall, 7, of Shrewsbury search for bugs and worms in a sample of leaves during the Science in Your Backyard program at the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Monday. York County Parks naturalist Kelsey Fry was on hand to present the nature program. (Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

At 9 years old, Nathan Boser has developed a knack for science.

"You get to do experiments and learn new things," he said.

So Nathan's mother, Michelle Boser, took him to a science presentation at Paul Smith Library of Southern York County to put his passion to work.

The program, "Science in Your Backyard," taught kids about backyard plants and animals and sent them to interactive stations. Nathan, who will be a fifth-grader at North Hopewell-Winterstown Elementary in the fall, said he liked digging through leaves and using a magnifying glass to unearth a hidden cricket.

"It was something interesting for them to see and do," Michelle Boser said.

Aidan Hall, 7, of Shrewsbury, discovers a squirrel pelt while Emory Henz, 7, of Stewartstown investigates a skunk pelt during the Science in Your Backyard
Aidan Hall, 7, of Shrewsbury, discovers a squirrel pelt while Emory Henz, 7, of Stewartstown investigates a skunk pelt during the Science in Your Backyard program at the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Monday, June 16, 2014. York County Parks naturalist Kelsey Fry was on hand to present the nature program. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Kicking off: York County Parks naturalist Kelsey Frey hosted the program, which was the first stop of a summer tour. Last year, there were 12 kids at the presentation, she said.

This year, more than 50 eager students showed up to learn.

"We learned about caterpillars and insects and bugs, snakes," said Jaiden Teferra, 7.

The Shrewsbury Township homeschooler said he doesn't like snakes, but he held up a peanut butter jar with a small black snake wiggling inside.

His 3-year-old sister, Arielle Teferra, smiled.

"I'm not afraid of snakes," she said, reaching for the container in awe.


Advertisement

And Matthew Jamison, 5, of New Freedom said he liked shaking the Easter eggs, which made noises that simulated the variety of animal sounds. The preschooler said he also liked learning about the life cycle of butterflies and how hummingbirds make their nests.

More programs: Frey will visit each York County library to hold "Science in Your Backyard" presentations throughout the summer.

The free program is mostly geared toward elementary students and up, but the whole family is welcome to attend. In addition to the interactive activities during the program, attendees will receive ideas for some experiments they can do at home.

The program is part of this year's "GO and Experiment! Fizz Boom Read" summer reading club and physical activity program. Kids under 18 can sign up for the reading program now through Aug. 17 at www.yorklibraries.org/src.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

Science at your library

Kids and their families are welcome to attend "Science in Your Backyard," a free summer program that lasts for about an hour. It will be held at the following times and library locations:

Wednesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m.: Mason-Dixon Public Library, Stewartstown

Wednesday, July 9, at 2 p.m.: Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Red Lion

Wednesday, July 16, at 1:30 p.m.: Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock

Tuesday, July 22, at 11 a.m.: Dover Area Community Library, Dover Township, and 6 p.m.: Martin Library, York City

Wednesday, July 23, at 6 p.m.: Dillsburg Area Public Library, Dillsburg

Thursday, July 24, at 1 p.m.: Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, Hellam Township

Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m.: Red Land Community Library, Newberry Township

Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m.: Village Library, Jacobus

Thursday, July 31, at 1:30 p.m.: Collinsville Community Library, Chanceford Township

Thursday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m.: Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover