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Updated: 02/01/2017 08:30:06AM

Family Nature Day at Archbold

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Young scientists point to bear tracks found at Archbold Biological Station

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Venus — Have you ever followed tracks in the sand and wondered what animal they belonged to? Was that a bobcat or a panther in your backyard? Were those snake trails or doodlebug lines? For these answers and more, join us at Archbold Biological Station’s Learning Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9-11 a.m. The program is free and open to all ages.

Participants join Archbold’s Education Coordinator, Dustin Angell, for a morning exploring the sandy trails of the Florida scrub in search of animal tracks, and each receives a complimentary animal tracking identification card.

“One of my favorite things about Archbold’s sandy trails is how well tracks show up in them,” Angell said.

He is looking forward to the program,

“We will search for tracks, but will also make tracks using molds and take our shoes off to make more with our own feet,” he said. “It is going to be a lot of fun.”

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Clothing should be appropriate for the weather conditions and something you don’t mind getting dirty. Hats, bug spray, sunscreen, and binoculars are suggested and cameras are optional.

Archbold Biological Station’s mission is “to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of the heart of Florida.”

It is located 8 miles south of Lake Placid at 123 Main Drive in Venus. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of SR 70 on Old SR 8 (CR17).

For more information call 863-465-2571 during business hours or visit at

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