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Science in Nature set for Sept. 8 at CNC


Children and families will have a chance to learn about the natural world from scientists and science teachers during Science in Nature from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne.

The free event will include a variety of outdoor hands-on activities and learning opportunities designed for participants ages five years and up, although families with younger children are also welcome. Presenters will include volunteers from South Texas Herpetology Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Wildlife Association and teachers from the community. Science in Nature is made possible by funding from the Valero Energy Foundation.

Monarchs, Nature Boxes, SKULLS, Bird Feeder Making, Bubbles, Flint Knapping, Nature Crafts, Bats, Backyard Fishing, Birding for Kids, Paper Airplanes, Insect Olympics and Snakes, Lizards and Frogs will be among the activity stations.

For Snakes, Lizards and Frogs, herpetologist Pete Mimikos will bring his collection of snakes and other reptilian creatures and talk about life from a reptile's point of view.

At the SKULLS station, children can learn about animal anatomy by examining animal skulls and bones.

During the Insect Olympics, children will participate in "dung beetle races" while crawling backward with a beach ball held between their knees.

All activities will be ongoing and participants will be free to take part in any activity that interests them.

The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.cibolo.org.

Pictured: Photo courtesy of CNC
During a previous Science in Nature at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, children learned how to observe birds using binoculars. This year's free event for kids and families will take place from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 8.