Exploring Tasmania

Children watch as Parks and Wildlife Service discovery ranger Jess reads a story with the help of her Tasmanian devil puppet. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Library. Over 20 children took part in last Thursday’s storytime session at the Smithton Library, where they were treated to a special visit.

Discovery ranger Jess, of Parks and Wildlife Service, read to the children and brought along puppets and stuffed animals to entertain along the way.

Children spent the morning “discovering more about the incredible animals that call Tasmania home, both on the land and in the sea”, Jess said.

They followed a Tasmanian devil on his journey across Tasmania when they read ‘A Devilish Tale’ by Alice Hansen, and the underwater world was explored with ‘The Hidden Forest’ by Jeannie Baker.

Jess, who is from Hobart but now lives in Rocky Cape, first visited the Smithton Library for a storytime session in January 2011. This is her second summer as a discovery ranger.

The last of PWS’ activities for the summer are listed below. All activities are free, no bookings are required and everyone is welcome to attend.

Also on at the library over the school holidays was the Summer Reading Club, which according to library technician Sally Stanley, was a huge success.

Over 40 local children joined others from all over Australia for the program, themed ‘Investigate’.

Children played detectives over four weeks as they read mystery books and followed the stories of amateur sleuths.

Smithton Library hosts its Storytime, Rock ‘n’ Rhyme for pre-school aged children, every Thursday at 10.30-11am. To find out more phone Smithton Library on 6452 1850.

Friday January 31

3pm – 4pm Whale of a Time Stanley 

Discover how whales and dolphins live, and learn how to rescue these majestic marine mammals. Meet outside Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park reception.

8:15pm – 10pm Creatures of the Night Walk Stanley 

Join Discovery Ranger Jess for a sunset stroll up The Nut to meet the local wildlife, including muttonbirds who have recently returned home from the other side of the world. Bring warm clothes and a torch. Meet at The Nut car park, Stanley.

Saturday February 1 

11am – 12noon Devil Detectives Crayfish Creek 

Are there devils nearby? How do we know? Come and find out how to track devils and other animals. You will also get to make some animal evidence to take home. Meet at Crayfish Creek Van and Cabin Park reception.

3pm – 4pm Bush Explorers Sisters Beach 

Come exploring! We will be looking high and low to see what we can find, and will be searching with our other senses to see what they can discover about the bush around us. Meet at East Boulevard car park, Sisters Beach.

Sunday February 2

11am – 12noon Devil Detectives Black River 

Are there devils nearby? How do we know? Come and find out how to track devils and other animals. You will also get to make some animal evidence to take home. Meet at the day use car park in Black River campground.

For all enquiries call discovery ranger Jess on 0407 061 551. 

All activities are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please bring sun and rain protection to daytime activities.

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