The secret lives of plants and animals in urban wetlands will be revealed the next two Saturdays at the Reed Creek Park and Wetlands Interpretive Center.
The center's Wetlands Are Wonderful Scavenger Hunts are designed for children of all ages to learn about the diverse plants, insects, reptiles, water fowl and other animals that inhabit the wetlands of Columbia County. The program is intended to develop "an appreciation of wetlands" in the park's guests, said Susan Dyer, Education Coordinator for the interpretive center.
"They're learning about urban wetlands and they have a neighborhood wetland they can visit anytime," she said. "It changes with water level, and it changes with season, and you never know what you'll find when you are here."
Park guests are sent out individually or in groups to explore the wetlands for the creatures listed on their scavenger hunt forms. Scavenger hunts will be held at the interpretive center on Park Lane in Martinez from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon, May 19.
There is no cost to participate in the hunts and reservations are not required.
Dyer said the center plans to hold two public events per month.
Patrons are welcome to bring cameras, binoculars, pens and paper to help identify creatures. Guests are encouraged to wear sunscreen, bring insect repellent and have bottled water. The park is wheelchair accessible.
Reed Creek Park is open daily from dawn until dusk. For more information about the park or scavenger hunts, call (706) 210-4027.
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