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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:03AM

‘Family Science Day’ Sunday at Archbold Station

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Can you identify bear tracks? Have you ever seen the inside of a scrub jay nest? Do palmettos live longer than people? Children and their families are welcome for the first Family Science Day at Archbold Biological Station’s Learning Center on Sunday from 12:45 to 3 p.m.

Visitors will explore animal skulls and snakes in the Bear’s Den activity room, hunt for tracks in the sand during a short hike through the scrub, or use simple tools to discover just how old a palmetto can be.

“Family Science Day is about offering visitors fun activities that are typically experienced by school groups and summer campers” says Education Coordinator Dustin Angell. “Our hands-on approach is very engaging and it’s exciting to see families sharing these experiences.”

Angell said he is eager to guide visitors as they discover fascinating life in the scrub. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid at 123 Main Drive, Venus. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of State Road 70 on Old State Road 8.

Archbold Biological Station is an independent, not-for-profit research facility located on the Lake Wales Ridge and lies within the headwaters of the Everglades, the lands that drain south into Lake Okeechobee. The station is dedicated to long-term ecological research, conservation, and education. It’s all part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage.

For more information call 863-465-2571 during business hours, visit www.archbold- on Facebook.