Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nature Center Offers Weekend Wild Walks for Summer

Press release June 7, 2011

The Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center (NNVC) is pleased to offer summertime "Weekend Wild Walks" for families.

Every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. beginning June 18 through August 20 visitors are invited to take in nature along our trails, within our woods and near or even in the Platte River! Each walk will have a theme: birds, butterflies, wildflowers, amphibians, the Platte River are all themes we will explore.

The center will announce the theme for each walk 2-3 days in advance, via the Green Shoe diaries blog, accessible from NNVC's website (www.nebraskanature.org ). Updates will also be available from Nebraska Nature and Visitor Center’s Facebook page. According to NNVC Assistant Director Dan Glomski, "This way we can keep an eye on the prairie and the river to see what's especially striking at a certain time, and offer visitors a chance to experience it firsthand. If we see lots of wildflowers blooming or regal fritillary butterflies out and about, we have a theme for that Saturday's walk. A drop in river levels would allow us to get in the river and look for frogs and toads that weekend."

"Speaking of the river, we could get a bit wet with some of these activities, and we'll let folks know if they need to dress accordingly."

Glomski emphasizes these walks are for families; children under the age of 13 must come with a parent or guardian.

Weekend Wild Walks start at 9:30 a.m. and end around 11:00 a.m. While admission to the walks is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

In addition to monitoring the center's blog and Facebook page, visitors may call (308) 382-1820 for more information.

Located on the I-80 Alda exit 305, the Nebraska Nature & Visitor Center exists to provide a place where people of all ages can connect to nature along the Platte River.

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