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Heads up, everyone: if your kids have been craving some creepy, crawly goodness in their lives, you need to be at Fontenelle Forest on September 18. Hands-on-Habitat is happening, and we'll be focusing on everything Under our Feet!

There is a wealth of life under the soil that keeps our planet running smoothly. In addition to all the amazing bacteria we can't see with our eyesight alone, there are all sorts of living creatures that keep organic matter cycling through its various stages. Without the little decomposing champions under the ground, we'd have piles and piles of dead stuff covering the earth. Not such a pleasant daydream, am I right? I would vote for worms, millipedes and pillbugs every time.

So the next time your kiddo picks up a roly-poly between her tiny fingers and brings it to you with pure joy (or pure horror, maybe) on her face, feel free to celebrate that little critter with her. You don't have to teach her what decomposition means right now, but you can still express what a wonder that little roly-poly's job is.

Still need some convincing? Come to Hands-on-Habitat on September 18 anytime between 9:30-11:30 am, and find out how cool these creatures are. As usual we'll have centers at which you and your child can interact and learn at your own pace, as well as spaces outside where you can play to your hearts' content. You'll have the opportunity to see your kiddo's eyes light up when a snail slides around on their hand. You may find out what a baby ant looks like. You can even take a nature walk with the group to see what we can discover under the ground.

This event will fill up fast, so be sure and register here soon! See you on September 18!

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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