Fireflies twinkling on a warm summer evening is a familiar sight. But most people may not know the science behind their nocturnal glow.
During a new program this summer Hickory Knolls naturalists will teach all members of the family about these fireflies, or lightning bugs, at several neighborhood parks.
Held at 7:30 p.m. on July 7 at Davis and Delnor Woods parks, and also at 7:30 p.m. on July 14 at Harvest Hills and Cranston Meadows parks, Nature in Your Neighborhood brings this fun program to locations near you. Your family will catch, release and count fireflies while learning about their life cycle. By the end of the program you will also know the reason for their flashes, plus how to distinguish between males and females and identify different species. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit with your family group. Fee is $5 per person and registration is required for Nature in Your Neighborhood – Fireflies.
The firefly event is just one of the many family-friendly nature activities provided by Hickory Knolls this summer.
Two different behind-the-scenes opportunities will take place inside the Discovery Center, perfect for your budding zoologist or animal lover to learn more about the critters that call Hickory Knolls home.
All ages can Feed the Critters at 1 p.m. Monday-Friday and at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday. During this hands-on experience, you’ll have a private meet and greet with the resident turtles, snakes, fish and other animals. You’ll also feed the critters and learn about their care, habits and more. The fee is $40 for residents, per group of up to six participants.
If you have a child with a fascination for snakes, you won’t want to miss this program: Snakes at Suppertime. This customized meet and greet provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with the resident reptiles. Your family will learn about snakes as you help prepare food and tend to their care. The fee is $40 for residents, per group of up to six participants.
But don’t stop the exploration there. Say hello to all the mammals, amphibians and insects who live at the Discovery Center. Be sure to also spend some time relaxing in the comfy chairs by the expansive windows in the Exhibit Room, watching the birds flying around outside.
Then take your exploration outside to enjoy the three-plus miles of trails and more than 100 acres of natural areas.
Head to the Hideout, a natural play area made with tree stumps and trunks and boulders, plus loose objects including pots, pans, branches and more. Or embark on a unique adventure hiking the Andrini Trail, following the walk-and-read children’s story featuring Harley the hawk and Greta the grasshopper. Then, take a break in the picnic pavilion taking in the sights and sounds of nature.
To register and for more information, visit www.stcnature.org.