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SPARK! "Nature in a Box" home kits are inspiring nature connections, even in COVID times.

At Wehr Nature Center, we believe that everyone deserves access to nature. During these challenging times, we need nature more than ever. People experiencing memory loss, and their care partners, are no exception.

With SPARK! participants health and safety a priority, we developed a way to bring nature to them during COVID times. Our "Nature in a Box" home kits have been a hit with our participants. Each month, the program kits have highlighted the best of the season with themes like, "Fruits of Fall", "Turkey, deer, fungi...oh my!" and "Winter Solstice". These kits have been lovingly developed and crafted by naturalists and volunteers dedicated to the success of this unique program. The themed kits guide participants on a hands-on, multi-sensory, engaging nature experience utilizing music, art, poetry, and humor. Nature activities, photos and facts provide an educational component that connects participants to the natural world outside their window.

We look forward to the day when we can begin small group on-site programming with our SPARK! participants. But until then, we will continue delivery of our monthly "Nature in a Box" home kits that spark meaningful moments for participants and their care partners.

"Spark! has given my dad and I a new way to connect with each that allows me to share my passion for the natural world. Our smiles and conversations as we engage with the materials bring both of us joy." 

Thanks to a grant from the Bader Philanthropies, Wehr will offer a pilot SPARK! program for adults with memory loss and their care partner.

Are you a caregiver of a loved one at home showing signs of memory loss or do you know of someone that is? We would like to hear from you for enrollment in our exciting new program! Optional drop off home kits for caregiver and participant will be available to learn and experience ‘Nature in a Box’ during COVID times. Very small outdoor programs at the Nature Center when we can!

If you are interested in learning more about our SPARK! program, please contact SPARK! coordinator, Emily Brown at emily.brown@milwaukeecountywi.gov.