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Weekly Family Fun Night at Vail Nature Center

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” The Vail Recreation District will host Family Fun Night programs with guest speakers on Wednesdays throughout July. Family Fun Night will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Vail Nature Center. The events are affordable and billed as “educational and interactive for children and adults alike.” The evenings begin with an introduction by Nature Center staff, followed by presentations from Colorado experts. All ages are welcome and costs are $5 for children under 12, $10 for adults or $30 for a family of four.

Family Fun Night will feature the following presenters in July:

– July 9 ” A presenter from Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion will share exotic insects from all around the world, some of which you can touch.

– July 16 ” Learn about Native American history, dress and culture from a Ute Indian and an Oglala Sioux Indian.

– July 23 ” Stream ecology, entomology and what makes our streams, rivers and lakes amazing will be shared by a presenter from the Leadville fish hatchery.

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– July 30 ” Presenters from HawkQuest of Denver will bring live birds of prey to Vail and share the importance of these creatures in their natural environment.

The Family Fun Night program is a great opportunity for parents and their children to learn different aspects about Vail’s history and its local surroundings, according to Nature Center Director Tom Gaylord.

“This is the third year for the Family Fun Night program and each year it gets better and better,” Gaylord said. “We’re looking forward to bringing unique presenters to Vail and offering evenings that are affordable and perfect for all ages.”

Family Fun Night will follow the new “Real Raptors and Their Stories” program taking place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays throughout July and August at the Gore Creek Promenade. The program will include live raptors. Presenters will share stories about the birds. Family Fun Night and the raptor program tie in nicely together, Gaylord said.

“Wednesday evenings are going to be a great way to spend time together this summer,” Gaylord said. “With the new raptor program and Family Fun Night, a family can spend an entire evening together learning and discovering what makes Colorado special.”

The Nature Center is operated by the Vail Recreation District and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day Weekend. It is located adjacent to Ford Park and across the street from the soccer fields. In addition to Family Fun Nights, the Nature Center offers programs including wildflower and morning bird walks, evening beaver pond tours, a summer speaker series, a hiking club, fly fishing and stream ecology classes, plant and animal exhibits and campfire story telling with star gazing. For more information or a schedule of events, visit http://www.vailrec.com or call the Nature Center at 970-479-2291.

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