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Family Nature Day, presented by BCPL and Boone County Parks coming up at Boone Woods

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By Micha O’Connor Milwood
Special to the NKyTribune

Get outdoors and explore the Boone County’s backyard through hands-on activities for all ages at Family Nature Day. The free event is Saturday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, in Burlington.

Discover what life lurks in the water of creek beds, examine local fossils and wildlife, and learn how to conserve natural resources. BCPL has an action-packed day planned with participating organizations providing lots of fun activities to get you enjoying the great outdoors. There will be a nature scavenger hunt with the Boone Conservancy, Fishing 101 with the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife, water sampling and kick nets with the KY Division of Water, make your own bird feeder with Wild Birds Unlimited, and much more.

Get friendly with bugs with forensic entomologist Dr. Greg Dahlem, reptiles of all sorts with Marc Frevola and the Arrowhead Reptile Rescue, fish and mussels of the Ohio River with the Thomas More Field Biology Station. Learn about herbal remedies, native plants, fossils, solar energy, and the water cycle.

There will also be free hot dogs.

Participating organizations at Family Nature Day include:

4-H

American Technical Services

Arrowhead Reptile Rescue

Big Bone Lick

Boone County Arboretum

The Boone Conservancy

Boone County Conservation District

Dr. Gregory Dahlem- Forensic Entomologist

KY Department of Fish and Wildlife

KY Division of Water

NKU Stream Restoration

Sanitation District 1

Leave No Trace

Marc Frevola- KY Herpetological Society

The Nature Academy

Northern Kentucky Bird Club

Thomas More Biology Field Station

Wild Birds Unlimited

Family Nature Day is expected to be a great time for the whole family. Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks Department have teamed up to present this fun and educational family program featuring local environmental organizations. Supported, in part, by the Boone County Community Early Childhood Council.

Micha O’Connor Millwood is the Community Events Liaison for Boone County Public Library.  A reformed teacher, she is a children’s librarian who reviews books for the Southwestern Ohio Library Consortium, and sits on the committee for the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards.

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