, Port Arthur, Texas

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July 17, 2013

Local kids 'Explore It' at museum

PORT ARTHUR — A group of local children got a bird’s eye view of Texas birds during a special program at the Museum of the Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

Natalia Walker, 8, was one of the children who quickly raised her hand to answer questions about the feathered friends when asked by Stephanie Harren, education coordinator.

“She was so excited to come; she loves birds,” Natalia’s mother, Natalie Walker, said, adding that her daughter loves nature as well.

Nearby Amber Smiley watched as her son, Hayden Hall, 6, used a clothes pin to grab candy worms from a pail and move the worms to pan. Hall had just completed a craft project of making a bird’s nest from a small paper bag.

Smiley said this is her first time to bring her son to the program and she plans to bring him to the other scheduled programs this July.

The Museum is currently hosting the summer Explore It program for ages three through 10. Programs are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays in July. Each session will feature an exhibit tour, story time, and hands on crafts and activities.

The schedule:

• July 23- Critter Corner, Inspired by Insects

• July 30-Under the Sea, Inspired by the museum’s shell collection

The program is free for Port Arthur Historical Society members and $1 per child for non-members.

Advanced registration is requested and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Education Coordinator at 984-6453.

Groups of 10 or more may schedule a private Explore It! program at a cost of $35/30 children.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast is owned and operated by the Port Arthur Historical Society in partnership with Lamar State College - Port Arthur and the City of Port Arthur. It is at 700 Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the Museum, please visit or call 982-7000.

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