The 2015 Earth Day festival at Hays Nature Preserve is coming up this Saturday and we’ve got five items you need to put on your “to-do” list while in attendance. A big thank you once again to Operation Green Team for putting on this festival and bringing together so many area families for a day of learning and fun and earth appreciation.
Grab Your Binoculars!
Get there early – 8AM – to enjoy a birding hike with John Ehninger. Yes, we understand that in order to make this hike everyone has to get up and out the door early on a Saturday (the horror!) but we promise, it will totally be worth it. Who knows? You might just be igniting a life-long love of birding in your child.
Bring or Borrow a Pole
If you or someone in your family is a budding fisherman then be sure to catch the Intro to Fly Fishing class at Noon with the Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers. There will also be “regular” fishing all day with poles provided and no license required.
Travel in Time
Children attending the festival who visit Burritt on the Mountain’s table will receive a pass for one day admission and they have until May 8th to use it. This is a great opportunity for families to try out the new Time Travel Adventure exhibit that will be at Burritt all summer. Read our RCM Review and get the details you need to make this a great family adventure!
Release a Butterfly
With releases at both 11AM and 1PM no matter what time you arrive for the fun you’ll be able to see and participate in an especially spectacular sight! This special event is brought to you by the good folks over at The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and is always a hit with kids and adults alike.
Get Your Hands on Some Fun
Technically this one is kind of cheating because it could easily be numbers 5 through 65. That’s because there will be more than 70 exhibitors at this year’s celebration and almost all of them will be offering some type of hands-on activity for those in attendance. Some of our annual favorites include the animal encounters provided by Coosa River Science School and the free cucumber and tomato plants your family can take home to start their own vegetable garden.
Jennifer is the creator and co-editor of Rocket City Mom. She is also a compulsive writer, avid reader, occasional singer and former communications wizard turned toddler wrangler. You can often spot her and her little ones cruising the kiddie hot-spots in their "Rocket Van".