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Attention! Calling all green thumbs, large and small alike!

Well, plus those that wish they had green thumbs...

Actually, gardening skills are irrelevant for this month's Hands-on-Habitat event on May 16 – good thing, too, or I'd be disqualified. The only requirements are a young child ready to explore and a parent ready to share.

Our theme for May is "How to Make a Flower," and we'll focus on plants and the "ingredients" they need to grow. This month we'll explore flowers, soil, sunlight, water, and air – maybe even some wiggly worms!

One great thing about Fontenelle Forest is that in addition to getting up close and personal with seeds, leaves, bulbs, and petals indoors, you can go right out the door and experience a living forest up close too! You and your child can go outside and play in our outdoor playscape anytime during our event, and if you feel up to a short guided walk, you can join us for an optional Plant Walk at 10:30am.

As always, Hands-on-Habitat is designed to provide educational activities, hands-on discovery, and free play centers for you and your child to experience together. While this event begins at 10am and ends at 12pm, it's set up in a relaxed, open-house format, so you and your child can drop in and play anytime. Feel free to move from station to station at your own pace.

Can't wait to see you at Hands-on-Habitat on May 16! Sign up today!

Lindsay Cooley

from Fontenelle Forest

Lindsay is an environmental educator at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. She was born and raised in Omaha, and is happy to be back after spending the past four years interning and working at various nature centers around the country. Lindsay has a background in environmental science, and is passionate about cultivating a love of the natural world in children and adults alike. When she's not cutting out craft materials or taking kids on hikes, Lindsay loves birdi ...

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