HAWK KIND Oct 2022

Kids in Nature Day - October 2022

Calling all volunteers for Kids in Nature Day (KIND) at Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews

Saturday, October 8, 2022

  10:00am - 1:00pm

Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd, Matthews, NC 28105

Kids in Nature Day is free family fun with lots of activities including nature walks, scavenger hunt, catch and release fishing, nature crafts, STEM activities and hands-on nature exhibits. Please sign up to volunteer and share you love of nature with kids that are spending too much screen time and not enough outdoor time. 

We'd like those with experience to act as leads (supervision) for certain tasks. These include: Nature Walks, STEM Activities, Lake Fishing and Arts and Crafts. Please indicate through the Comments section if you are willing to be a task lead.

Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible or park at the Matthews Community Center, other designated off-site parking or arrange your own drop-off and pick-up.

Dress appropriately for the outdoors, the weather and fun! Remember to bring your lunch and a water bottle to refill.

Sponsored by HAWK (Matthews Chapter of NC Wildlife Federation), Great Outdoors University and the Town of Matthews.


Date: 10/08/2022 (Sat.)

Created by:   HAWK NCWF
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Available Slot Time (EDT)


Event set-up (tables, tents, signage, food, activities)

8:00am - 10:00am (6)

4 of 6 slots filled
Jana Sattainathan
Robert Hesselbacher
Myra Hartman
Joanne Mrstik

Information and Volunteer Table

Experienced volunteers to assist with schedule of activities, attendee sign-in and volunteer direction.

9:00am - 1:15pm (3)

2 of 3 slots filled
Grace Omelonga Alafu
Josefa Omelonga Ngongo

Naturalist Hike and Scavenger Hunt

Two experienced hike leaders and assistants to guide kids.

9:45am - 1:15pm (6)

1 of 6 slots filled
Trinity (Finna) Young

Lake Fishing

Three experienced leaders and assistants to help kids with catch and release fishing.  

9:45am - 1:15pm (6)

3 of 6 slots filled
Amy Erb
Luwam Gergsh (2)
Luwam & Solomon Gergsh

Kids Pavilion - Crafts

One experienced leader and assistants. Help kids create nature focused craft items. (all materials will be provided)

9:45am - 1:15pm (4)

2 of 4 slots filled
Emma Grochowski
Allie Mentas

Little Kids Fishing

Supervise little kids fishing in small pool.

9:45am - 1:15pm (2)


Kids Pavilion - Games

One experienced leader and assistants. Help kids with games.

9:45am - 1:15pm (5)

2 of 5 slots filled
Tara Roberts (2)
Tara & Liam Roberts

Kids Pavilion - STEM Activities

Help kids explore the wonders of science and nature.

9:45am - 1:15pm (10)

2 of 10 slots filled
Jana Sattainathan (2)

Junior Tree Hugger

Tree hugging is good for the environment. Tree hugging kids grow up to be tree hugging adults. Help kids pick their favorite Squirrel Lake Park tree to hug and assist parents taking photos of their junior tree hugger.

9:45am - 1:15pm (2)

1 of 2 slots filled
Daniel Jakobovits

Fairy House Construction

Help kids construct fairy houses using natural materials. Materials will be provided.

9:45am - 1:15pm (2)

All slots filled
lauren leis (2)

Water and Snacks Station

Assist with water and snacks distribution.

9:45am - 1:15pm (2)

All slots filled
Jason Lopp
Joanne Mrstik

Certified Wildlife Habitat and HAWK Information Booth

Requires person knowledgable about NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat program and HAWK.

9:45am - 1:15pm (2)


Where Needed Most

Duties to be determined

9:45am - 1:15pm (4)

2 of 4 slots filled
Jana Sattainathan
Trinity (Finna) Young


Breakdown, pack up & clean up! 

1:00pm - 2:00pm (4)

All slots filled
Jana Sattainathan
Joanne Mrstik
Talia Smith
Maya Sutton
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