Children are encouraged to develop a love and concern for protecting our fresh-water sources through a nature program on Bear Creek trail Aug. 14.

Stream Study will be 10 a.m. to noon starting at the parking lot at Sodalis Nature Preserve.

The children’s program will be guided by Gale Rublee, nature educator for Hannibal Parks & Recreation. “We will follow Bear Creek trail to another trail that takes us to the creek,” she said. “Prepare to get wet while turning over rocks, looking for critters and learning about the stream ecosystem.”

Rublee said there are many fun ways to help youngsters explore streams and creeks. She said children must be accompanied by parents or guardians and must wear shoes.

Rublee, is a Nationally Certified Interpreter guide and founding member of the Hannibal area Missouri Master Naturalist Mississippi Hills chapter.

Nature programs are free but reservations must be made by calling the Hannibal Parks & Recreation office at 573-221-0154 or emailing