On Saturday, May 18 from 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m. Daisy Day takes place at the Tacoma Nature Center which is located at 1919 S. Tyler St, Tacoma 98405. Margie Shea, Education Program Specialist at the Tacoma Nature Center, explained what Daisy Day is: “Daisy Day is a special event held in the spring to introduce Daisies and their leaders to the Girl Scout badge programs available at the nature center. It is also a chance for new leaders to get support from our education staff in guiding the Daisies through one of the Girl Scout Leadership Journeys: It’s Your Planet – Love It!. The activities follow the theme of the journey, Between Earth & Sky. The girls explore the life of a plant, become seed scientists, paint with natural colors, learn the rules of Leave No Trace, and discover shapes, colors and textures in nature on a guided trail hike.”
For those that do not know, Daisies are the youngest Girl Scouts, and are in kindergarten through 1st grade. Margie further explained: “Daisy Day is our special spring event for Daisies. When they bridge to the next level as Brownies, there are several more program options available that they can sign up for with their troop or as individual Girl Scouts. The list of badge programs and workshops we offer is on our Scout page at: www.TacomaNatureCenter.org. Having experience as a former Girl Scout program staff and trainer when I arrived at the nature center, I knew what a great resource this place could be for Girl Scout leaders who were looking for an outdoor natural setting for troop outings and a place of support from professional staff. For many Daisy troop leaders it is their first time as a leader, and they are learning about Girl Scouts along with the Daisies. I can offer them a program which gives the girls a fun way to earn a Girl Scout award, and share some strategies with the adults on teaching kids about nature and the outdoors. It also gives them a nice break when others take on the leader role for a morning.
The best testimonials come from the leaders who have attended Daisy Day here at the nature center: “I think it was a wonderful day! The girls had a great time. It was informative with good hands-on activity.” “It was excellent – lots of variety, interesting, well-organized, fun, engaging.” “I learned how to incorporate more nature into our activities”. “The instructors were great. They kept things moving and had a lot of variety and patience.”
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com