Discover Nature Day will host outdoor enthusiasts for educational event


Discover Nature Day is back for its seventh consecutive year at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center.  

The Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area is planning an entire day geared toward school-aged children who want to learn more about the natural world.

“We are trying to keep people interested in nature and get them out here to see everything that is happening and see what the forest is, and all the other partners are doing within the forest,” said Ecosystem Partnership AmeriCorps Member Haley Hutchins.

Events will begin in the morning on Saturday, April 28 with a Garlic Mustard Challenge. Participants will be getting their hands dirty and helping the environment.

“Garlic mustard is an invasive species. It actually kills butterflies. So, by pulling the mustard, we are helping the butterfly population,” continued Hutchins.

After mustard pulling, students will get to participate in hands-on activities, including a live snake and birds of prey presentation. Booths and displays will be set up with information and activities from partner groups.

Event organizers said they hope to teach children how they can help preserve and protect the forests.

“No one really thinks about our planet as a whole, and we tend to just run it over and get as much as we can out of it. To try to change that and look for greener ways to exist and just last longer for future generations would be awesome,” said AmeriCorps Outreach Associate Even Greenwald.

For more event information, visit Seneca Rocks Discovery Center online.

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