Fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­ence fire­fly fun at Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig­com

— There was loads to ex­plore be­fore the sun went down and the fire­flies came out at Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter on Satur­day.

For the sec­ond year the non­profit ed­u­ca­tion group hosted “Fire­fly Fling” at the cen­ter lo­cated within the Fair Hill Nat­u­ral Re­sources Man­age­ment Area.

“Last year went very well,” Guy­laine Thomas, ad­min­is­tra­tive direc­tor, said Satur­day.

Once again this year the goal of Fire­fly Fling “was just to get peo­ple out­side and to walk around,” she said. More than 100 took them up on the of­fer.

Along with the walk, there were games, crafts and mu­si­cians. With help from Boy Scouts Troop 302, kids made pa­per and craft stick fire­flies

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and painted cups with glowin-the-dark paint to later catch fire­flies.

“They can catch and re­lease,” Thomas said, adding the glow in the dark cup will give them some­thing that glows to take home.

Fire­fly Fling is just one of dozens of pro­grams the ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter of­fers through­out the year, in­clud­ing sum­mer camps and field trips with Cecil County schools.

“We see over 9,000 kids each year,” Thomas said.

Sara Ho­gate, en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor, de­scribed “Fire­fly Fling” as “sort of a fundraiser.”

“All the money we make goes back into the pro­grams,” Ho­gate said. How­ever she said the ul­ti­mate goal was not the money.

“This is more of an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to ex­plore the magic of na­ture,” she said.

Ex­plore they did, from the en­trance where a harp and gui­tar was be­ing played, to the na­ture play­ground with a chil­dren’s mu­si­cian, down to the wa­ter where more mu­si­cians played gui­tars and ban­jos.

“I’ve never been here be- fore,” said Emilee Puck­ett from Lin­coln Univer­sity, Pa. “It’s a nice event.”

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Hadley Puck­ett gets a lit­tle help from her mother, Emilee, in mak­ing a pa­per fire­fly at Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter’s Fire­fly Fling Satur­day evening.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Rick Water­house, a Calvert-area chil­dren’s mu­si­cian, gets kids and adults in­volved with hand ges­tures to match his per­for­mance of the song “The Uni­corn Song.”

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