Explore the natural world with TTU experts during Nature Fest

thumb NFEst_Dan_and_microscopesOpportunities to get up close and personal with turtles, fish and fossils will abound during the 8th annual Nature Fest, Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22.

Cruise the water in a canoe at Cane Creek Park, or discover the variety of fish in Blackburn Fork. Learn to grow more from your garden or about fascinating fossils at Tennessee Tech University’s Pennebaker Hall. Or tour the universe and explore planet Earth at TTU’s Millard Oakley STEM Center.

Among other activities are demonstrations, talks and nature walks, so there is something for everyone. No reservations are required, and all events are free.

The varied events, which take place around Cookeville, bring together knowledgeable people who are willing to share their expertise through hikes, lectures, workshops, presentations and hands-on activities that focus on land, water, air and animals.

Nature Fest is presented by the Cookeville Department of Leisure Services, the biology department at TTU and the Nature Fest planning committee. By partnering with the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission and the STEM Center, the committee was able to add some exciting video presentations and other activities to the event schedule.

Nature Fest began in 2005 as an effort to showcase and share more about the magical world of nature in Putnam County and the surrounding area.

“We have such an incredible variety of opportunities to enjoy nature, be it on our lakes, in our creeks, in forests, in our parks, on trails and even in our own backyards,” said Alfred Ballinger, Nature Fest committee chairman. “Nature Fest is designed to celebrate and help us appreciate the bountiful natural resources we have around us.”

Learn more at http://naturefestcookeville.com, or call Cookeville Leisure Services at (931) 520-4386.