State Fair ready for 'Wild Day'

Thursday, August 7, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- in conjunction with the Indiana State Fair -- has designated Saturday as Project Wild Day.

The day will feature conservation activities geared toward students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Project Wild is a national curriculum that emphasizes developing the awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to make informed decisions and act responsibly concerning wildlife and the environment.

Nationally recognized nature musician Foster Brown will lead attendees in nature songs at the DNR Amphitheatre from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Brown is known for lending a light touch to his fact-packed tunes about spiders, bats, buzzards, evaporation and condensation, planets, stars and rocks. Brown will lead another round of sing-a-longs from 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Village Stage.

Wild activities continue at 4 p.m., with Flying Wild at the Natural Resource Building's Front Porch. Participants may look at beaks, feathers and feet up close, and practice using binoculars or try out various "beaks." A new feature this year is the Wild Kids Area, where youth volunteers will lead other children in a variety of activities.

The Take Flight Live Raptor Show, featuring naturalist Mark Booth, and birds such as the great horned owl, red tailed hawk and kestrel, takes the stage at the amphitheatre at 7 p.m.

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