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Event to focus on wildlife

Posted: March 19, 2013 - 4:23pm

The Living History Park will play host to a Branching Out for Wildlife event Saturday in observance of National Wildlife Week.

“One of our members, Cheri (Haughey), is very much a naturalist and loves nature,” said Lynn Thompson, the chairwoman of the Living History Park and president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association .

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the first 200 attendees will be given a sapling courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation. Available trees are dogwood, beach and sugar maple.

Activities planned include a wood-carving demonstration where the demonstrator will carve a bear out of a tree. People can bid on the carving in a silent auction during the event. Information and activities will also be provided by area master gardeners and representatives from the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Attendees will also get to see wildlife that are being rehabilitated, such as a red tail hawk and learn about tree climbing.

Vendors will have nature-based items for sale. The concession stand will also be open.

“It’s going to be very educational,” said Thompson. “It’s all hands-on. There will be a lot of things people can do.”

The event is also an opportunity to learn about the wildlife that is present in the park.

“The park has always loved nature and giving back to nature,” said Thompson. “We have so much wildlife down there and many trees and things they need to survive.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Brancing Out for Wildlife

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satuday

WHERE: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

COST: Free

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