Reserve the date. Sept. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon, to attend the second Clay County Nature Day.
If you are in the mood to have fun, learn something new or just hang out at the fairgrounds, please join us Sept. 11. I promise there will be something for everyone.
Below is a list of some of the events that will be taking place:
* Wildlife Education. Mark Booth will give a presentation at 11 a.m., using raptors (falcons, eagles, etc.) to talk about wildlife,
* Water Quality. Take a trip through the creek and catch some critters. What you have in your water indicates how "healthy" it is,
* A Forestry expert will be on-hand to discuss trees, etc.,
* Did you know some plants are not friendly? Come learn about invasive plants and how they can "invade" your area,
* For many years, people have eaten all kinds of plants as well as used them for medicinal purposes. You will find out about some of the plants commonly used for these purposes,
* An Extension professional will be on-hand to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. They will also have pamphlets and brochures available that discuss common problems,
* Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz! There will be a display of bees and you will learn about these very helpful creatures,
* The Wabash Valley Audubon Society will on-hand to discuss birds and answer any questions you may have about them,
* Indiana State University will have a bat display and I don't mean the kind you use to play baseball. Bats are very important to our ecosystem and they will be talking about the advantages to having bats on your property,
* Geocaching. What? Well, I must admit I wasn't familiar with this word either until the Allard family introduced it to me. They will be on-hand to show you how much fun this activity is and what you can end up with,
* ATV safety information will be available and there will be ATV'ers on-hand to talk about this fun activity,
* There will be a kids' area where they can build a birdhouse, make a craft and "cook" s'mores over the campfire. The Izaak Walton League will be helping the kids make their birdhouses, and
* Butterflies are an important, as well as beautiful, part of our lives. Come learn about different types of butterflies, what they eat and why they are important to our world.
Of course, all of these activities would not be possible without the partners who are helping with the event. The Clay and Vigo county Extension offices will have personnel on-hand to help.
Other groups involved include Sycamore Trails Resource Conservation and Development, Soil and Water, Master Gardeners, Izaak Walton League, Wabash Audubon Society, Indiana State University, the Allard family and the volunteers who will be helping.
Thank you to all of them.
Join us Sept. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon.
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