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This Hands-on-Habitat was held in August 2015. You can learn about the next event on the main page for Hands-on-Habitat.

I am not sure I will ever outgrow my fear of the dark. I promise you I've tried to overcome it. But there's just something about the shadowy backs of closets that gives me the heebie-jeebies. The mysterious shapes my furniture makes in my dark bedroom often make me do a double-take. The stillness and lack of definition makes my imagination go crazy!

The two upsides of this embarrassing fear are that 1) I have lots of sympathy for all the kiddos out there who are afraid of the dark, and 2) I have gained a wonderful relationship with the night. 

Although we often lump the dark and the night together, I believe they should hold very different connotations. With the exception of a handful of days out of the year, nighttime has soft moonlight by which to see, if you have the patience to let your eyes adjust. Rarely is it truly dark!

Nighttime has activity, noise, bustle, survival – just as there is during the day. And the creatures creating all this racket aren't inherently bad because they are out at night, although the lack of definition (due to our lack of observation) makes our imaginations run wild. Nighttime is, dare I say, magical.

On August 21 from 9:30-11:30 am, Hands-on-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest is all about celebrating nighttime and the critters that keep it busy! Come drop in at any point in the program - we'll find out how other nocturnal animals can thrive at night through child-led play, art activities, science, and early math. Bring your little ones aged 5 years old and younger to Fontenelle Forest for this fun morning, and don't forget to register ahead of time! Space is limited, and the spots fill quickly. 

See you at the Forest on August 21!

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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