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Farm animals make spring appearance at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
by Selin Odman
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March 13, 2013 09:54 AM | 1598 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>From left, Lula the silky chicken will join Alicia Evans from CNC’s Education Department and the slow moving ‘Farmer Box Turtle’ will be featured in the upcoming Farm Day event.
Staff / Erin Gray
From left, Lula the silky chicken will join Alicia Evans from CNC’s Education Department and the slow moving ‘Farmer Box Turtle’ will be featured in the upcoming Farm Day event.
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The Chattahoochee Nature Center is bringing in Farmer Sue and her fuzzy friends from the Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm to celebrate different kinds of animals for Farm Day.

The event will be held March 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Children and adults are welcome to brush and pet the animals including geese, goats, sheep, chicks and rabbits.

The theme of this year’s Farm Day event will be highlighting the differences between work animals, pet animals and wild animals.

The event will include arts and crafts, stories and special appearances by Vera Bradley and Zoe, the Art Barn’s famous chickens.

Live alpacas from Craftdal Farm will also be making an appearance.

“By helping people understand the distinction between these three categories of animals — wild animals, farm animals and pets — we hope that families will have fun meeting farm animals and understand their role in our lives,” said Rachel Barton, museum curator. “We know some folks want to own them, but unless they live on a farm that is not realistic.”

The nature center will also be having various programs during the event.

Unity Garden and Alpaca Outpost: noon to 4 p.m.
Visit the nature center’s Unity Garden to learn about the farm-to-table movement by exploring the Garden. Gardeners will show what is in season and, if the weather is right, might lead in some planting. The live alpacas from Craftdal Farm will be at the garden. Kids are encouraged to come and feel their extra-soft fur.

Farm Fresh Photo Ops: noon to 4 p.m.
Attendees can visit the Mini Art Barn to get a photo holding a live chicken and take a photo with the nature center’s own Farmer Box Turtle and other costumed characters.

The ArtBarn Farm Crafts: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Make crazy farm crafts courtesy of The Art Barn. Farmer Sue has designed fun projects to make, take home and treasure.

Story Time with Miss Julia: 3 to 4 p.m.
Miss Julia is back with an on-the-farm episode of Miss Julia’s Story Time. Join her as she tells the silly story “Big Chickens,” by Leslie Helakoski.

Spring Bloomers Tour: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Explore the beauty of nature with a relaxing and informative hike with Lisa Cole, the nature center’s environmental horticulturist, through the woodlands and gardens. The hike will spend time searching for the first signs of spring and share stories about the season. This program is suitable for all ages and included with general admission.

Tickets are $6 for children, $10 for adults and $7 for seniors 65 and older and students ages 13 to 18. The event is free for members and kids ages 2 and under.

The nature center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The nature center is located at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell.

Information: (770) 992-2055. or www.chattnaturecenter.com.
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