Wild Days sessions coming up
Wild Days for youth ages 3–12 take place at the Mount Gilead State Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18. Register at the Nature Center prior to activities that take place from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Preschoolers meet with Marilyn for “WEE” Discover and 6–12 year olds will rotate to sessions with other environmental educators. Wear shoes for hiking and bring water bottles.
Next week, the Mt. Gilead Public Library summer readers will conclude their summer “Dream” theme with an evening bon fire at the park. They will learn about crepuscular animals, have some games, s’mores, and a couple of stories. Bring blankets.
The Taste of Country Festival was well attended last week and the Volunteers in Parks did a wonderful of provided two breakfasts, entertainment and activities. New this year was a petting zoo provided by Lynn Wagoner, the milk cow model from the Morrow County Antique Machinery Association, and Farm Trivia with prizes from the Morrow County Farm Bureau. We also thank Terri and Heath McFarland for helping with games and Nasha Smith for assisting at the Nature Center.
Many youth are racking up points as Junior Naturalists, but it is not too late to start a card because activities are counted until the Snowflake Festival the first weekend in November.
The next VIP event with be the Peddlers in the Park August 4 with country breakfasts served on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Vendors are welcome.
The poultry pen now is home to Buckeye Bantams and they have provided some eggs for Blacky, the rat snake. The tadpoles are now frogs and we hope to begin collecting monarch butterfly eggs this week.