Kids can investigate lizards at the library with this summer’s Nature Detective workshops!


In 2018, the St. Johns County Public Library System celebrates a successful 10-year partnership with the Garden Club of St. Augustine for summertime Nature Detective Workshops for Kids at all six branch locations of the Library System.

The Nature Detective Workshops for kids throughout St. Johns County Public Library System are made possible each year through the generous sponsorship of the Garden Club of St. Augustine and of each branch Library’s Friends of the Library organization. Each year, a different pollinator is studied by children ages 6 – 12 with workshops designed by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants, and the pollinator for the 2018 workshops is lizards – specifically anole lizards. These STEM-based workshops – which have won state gardening awards and American Library Association recognition – are dedicated to defeating the “summer slump” and engaging children as activists in nature by incorporating interaction, hands-on activities, hand-outs, a recommended reading list, and materials to take home. These workshops help children put their scientific skills to use and better learn why pollinators matter and how to help.

There are six pollinators studied over a five-year rotation – butterflies, bees, lizards, bats, and hummingbirds/dragonflies – so 2018 represents the second time lizards will be studied as pollinators. A very special part of this year’s workshops includes an additional partnership with author and college professor, Marta Magellan, of Those Lively Lizards who very graciously authored a brand-new book just for these workshops called Anole Invasion that every child participant will receive for free! Anole lizards are the very specific lizard pollinator to be studied, and books on anoles – particularly for children – are rare at best, so receiving a brand-new book written especially for these workshops will make the 10th year of Nature Detective Workshops for Kids very special indeed!

Children ages 6 – 12 are invited to attend these free, educational, and fun workshops by contacting the Library branch whose workshops you wish to attend either by calling or stopping by that Library branch. Materials and space are limited, so please contact the branch Library to see about registration. This summer’s dates, in chronological order, are as follows and any interested children and caregivers are welcome to attend whichever workshop works best for their families:

Southeast Branch Library, 827-6900: Wednesday, June 20 at 2 pm
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 827-6950: Saturday, June 23 at 12 pm and 2 pm (repeat workshop)
Bartram Trail Branch Library, 827-6960: Monday, June 25 at 10 am and 11:30 am (repeat workshop)
Anastasia Island Branch Library, 209-3730: Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm (repeat workshop)
Hastings Branch Library, 827-6970: Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 am
Main Library, 827-6940: Friday, July 27 at 10 am and 11:30 am (repeat workshop)

To learn more about the Nature Detective Workshops or additional summer programs at your library, visit www.sjcpls.org.