Ever wonder what goes on in the woods when the sun goes down? Creatures of the night (actually naturalists in costume) will dispel some myths about themselves during “Fear-less Fest,” Hidden Oaks Nature Center’s biggest event of the year.
Naturalists will lead families and scout groups along the one-third-mile Old Oak Trail next to the nature center. Along the way, families will meet costumed characters who explain why they are misunderstood: The coyote howls because she is just looking for a home for her pups. The raccoon delights in the fast food of an unsecured trashcan. The skunk and black widow spider explain how they protect themselves through a song and a rap. Even a dead tree has his say.
When not on the night time walk, children will discover what owls eat by helping pull apart the fur from the bones of a barn owl pellet, learn how to identify animals by exploring their bones and teeth. They will also work on a craft project and see live snakes, toads, and other nocturnal creatures.
Families can register for this program online (using code number 308 486 8501) or by calling 703/222-4664 on weekdays. To register groups, contact the nature center directly at 703/941-1065. The fee is $7 per person.