Families experience firefly fun at Fair Hill Nature Center
— 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
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.”
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.
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.”