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Hi there from Fontenelle Forest!

It's been a busy summer down here, both indoors and out. What has your family been doing to keep busy while beating the heat? I'm constantly hearing about new activities for families to do in the summer; there is no shortage of fun to be had in the Omaha metro area.

We're all about to enter into that strange mini-season of the year known as "Back-to- School," in which we get so excited to buy new backpacks and fall clothes AND YET are faced with at least a month of good summer weather ahead of us. This time of year really messes with my head, you guys. The seductive lure of new challenges and school supplies! The nostalgia of one-more-swim and popsicles-while-we- still-can! My heart is torn, and I'm not even a younger sibling. Once the bigs go Back to School, what are the littles to do? They are aching to wear their new backpacks (bought out of pity because Not Fair) and go off to school, but the littles AND you, the parent, know that there is still so much freedom and fun that could be had together.

If this situation resonates with you, just know this: another session of Hands-on-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest is just around the corner, and it is the solution you've been looking for. This event is an hour and a half long, at 9:30 am on August 19, and is just for you and your kiddos aged 3 to 5. On a surface level, Hands-on- Habitat offers outdoor exploration, story time, art projects to take home, and learning centers. On a deeper level, however, this type of experiential learning has the potential to be a grand adventure for you and your child, a building block in your connection to each other and to the natural world. And with our little and big hearts desiring new challenges but needing nostalgia and security, what could be more perfect?

So head over to the Hands-on-Habitat registration page and sign up today for "Snail Tales" on August 19! Don't forget to enter the promo code at checkout for our ParentSavvy families so that your visit is free. Can't wait to see you!

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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