From monarchs, bees, and birds to composting, water quality, wildlife and wetlands, “Monarchs and More Family Fun Day” is a fun, free event scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m., at Sauder Village in Archbold.
The village has partnered with the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to present this hands-on opportunity for families to learn about conservation in a fun environment.
Guests are invited to enjoy the many educational displays and hands-on activities taking place near Little Lake Erie at the village. Some of the free activities include a live hive demonstration shared by Roger and Judy Myers and macro invertebrates presented by The Quarry Farm Preserve and Conservation Farm. There will be a monarch butterfly tagging program presented by the Toledo Zoo, face painting, fly tying, and a nature-themed story time featuring Deb Swingholm’s new book “April’s Rain.”
Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation will have a few animals for guests to meet, and Joe Blosser will have animal pelts on display. Throughout the afternoon, guests can take a free trolley ride to see all of the conservation practices installed by the SWCD. Other presenters include the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Division of Forestry, Fulton County Pheasants Forever, and the Fulton County Farm Bureau. There will be free trolley rides to transport guests from the picnic area out to the activities near Little Lake Erie.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Sauder Village to present the Monarchs and More Family Fun Day,” said Amanda Podach, SWCD. “We look forward to having families from throughout the region join us to learn about composting, rain gardens, water quality, wetlands and more.”
The Monarchs and More Family Fun Day is a free event with no charge for the activities near Little Lake Erie and no admission fee to visit Sauder Village. This free opportunity is made possible thanks to the following underwriters: CIG Financial Services, Fulton County Processing, and Haas Door.
“We look forward to welcoming hundreds of families to Sauder Village for the Monarchs and More Family Fun Day,” said Jeanette Smith, Sauder Village director of sales and marketing. “We appreciate the many partner organizations and underwriters 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.”
While the free Monarchs and More activities near Little Lake Erie are scheduled from 1-3 p.m., Sauder Village will be open noon-4 p.m. with free admission for all guests.
For more information phone 1-800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.