From monarchs, bees and birds to composting, water quality, wildlife and wetlands, “Monarchs and More Family Fun Day” is a free, outdoor event to be held Sunday, Sept. 12, at Little Lake Erie at Sauder Village, in partnership with the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District.
From 1-4 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy the many educational displays and hands-on activities taking place. Some of the free activities include a bee keeping demonstration and macro invertebrates information shared by The Quarry Farm. There will be a Monarch Butterfly tagging program, and programs about bison, bats, wild bees, and composting. Children will enjoy a nature-themed story time featuring Deb Swingholm’s book, “April’s Rain,” and can also learn about Johnny Appleseed.
Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation will have animals for guests to meet and there will be animal pelts on display. Guests can watch maple syrup making demonstrations and learn about water quality and soils, rain gardens, and habitat preservation. Throughout the afternoon guests can take a free trolley ride for a wetlands tour and to see all of the conservation practices installed by the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Other presenters participating in this special event include Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Division of Forestry, Fulton County Pheasants Forever, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Defiance County Soil & Water, OSU Extension, The Nature Conservancy, and Sara’s Garden.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Sauder Village to present the Monarchs and More Family Fun Day,” said Amanda Podach, Fulton SWCD. “We look forward to having families from throughout the region join us to learn about composting, rain gardens, water quality and soils, wildlife, wetlands and so much more.”
The Monarchs and More Family Fun Day is a free event with no charge for the activities near Little Lake Erie. Historic Sauder Village is not open on Sunday. This free opportunity is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Fulton County Processing and Deep Water Designs, LLC.
“We look forward to welcoming hundreds of families to Sauder Village on Sunday, September 12 for the Monarchs and More Family Fun Day,” said Kim Krieger, media relations manager at Sauder Village. “We appreciate the many partner organizations and sponsors who have helped to make this free family event possible. This is an amazing opportunity for guests of all ages to learn something new while having a lot of fun, and all for free.”
There will also be a food truck available thanks to the State Bank, with proceeds to support Adriel Foster Care and Sara’s Garden.Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2 in Archbold. For more information, call 800-590-9755 or visit saudervillage.org.