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Children’s conservation classes set at aquarium

NIAGARA FALLS – It’s never too early to learn about the environment and the Aquarium of Niagara offers fun and educational programs for children to teach them about conservation.

“It’s important to prepare our children to be good stewards of the environment, but we also want it to be fun,” said Sarah Courtney, the aquarium’s education department curator.

New Aquarium programs are:

• The Little Sea Squirts, a toddler program from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Each session encourages interaction between the child and parent through story time, easy-to-do crafts and hands-on learning experiences. The cost is $5 per child for members and $7.50 per child for nonmembers.

• Open Touch Tank, available to visitors at 9:30 a.m., 1 and 1:45 p.m. every Saturday. The cost is $3 for nonmembers and free for members.

• Four-Day Spring Camp, for children ages 8 to 12, from 9 a.m. to noon March 21 to 24. The program explores how animals look forward to spring and how different animals react to temperature and overall climate changes. Participants also will have hands-on learning science experiments and crafts. The cost is $110 for members and$125 for nonmembers.