Enjoy Fermilab Family Outdoor Fair on June 12

Children can learn about nature at Fermilab’s Family Outdoor Fair this weekend.

Enjoy a day of bison, birds and bugs while learning about science and fun things to do outside this summer at Fermilab’s annual Family Outdoor Fair.

Families and scout troops can drop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, to explore a dozen hands-on activities that highlight the plant and animal life found at the Batavia physics laboratory.

The 4-year-old program grew out of the Leave No Child Inside initiative aimed at keeping children active and learning during the summer. Children can learn about history from peering in a replica covered wagon, geology from examining a large fossil collection, ecology from taking a prairie scavenger hunt and coring soil samples and biology from examining animals and their habitats.

“Science doesn’t have to just happen in a lab,” said Sue Sheehan, Fermilab Education Office. “We want to show parents and their children that science is everywhere.”

Children can make animal print tracks, net pond critters, take a nature scavenger hunt on a trail through the prairie and dig through decaying logs for insects. They can view the laboratory’s bison herd, hear about its history and use a stop watch to see if they can run faster than these 1,500-pound beasts.

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