The Prairie Oaks Master Naturalists will presents its first ever Nature Fest from 3-9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Bosque River Trail Nature Center located on E. Long Street.

The Prairie Oaks chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists represents Erath, Palo Pinto, Comanche and Hamilton counties.

There will be about 10 booths set up that will be led by Prairie Oaks chapter members.

Colton Nolan with Texas Parks & Wildlife will have a ‘Skins and Skulls’ display. Kyle Water with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers out at Lake Proctor will have a booth as well as Chance Robinson with USDA, who will have a soil demonstration.

A honeybee demonstration will also be set up by members of the Erath County Bee Keeper Group.

There will be lots of activities for kids and adults including crafts, nature walks, stories by the campfire, a mothing station and star gazing.

“At about 7, as it starts getting dark, we’re going to close down the booths and David Owens with Texas Parks and Wildlife out at Lake Mineral Wells State Park is going to be out there with some telescopes and he’s going to be leading the last two hours of the event,” said outreach coordinator Katie Moses. “We’re going to focus on the stars and he’s going to do a small presentation.”

Visitors will also get the chance to make seed balls, which are seeds that have been wrapped in soil materials, usually a mixture of clay and compost, and then dried.

From 4:30-6:30 p.m., a food truck will be available and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., chapter members will lead a bird walk.

The event is free but donations will be accepted.

"I love nature. I get giddy about all sorts of things and I'm most excited about people having the opportunity to get excited about nature. It’s really neat to do outreach tables with this group and talk to people and find out what aspects of nature people like the most so I think that’s why we’re trying to have a wide variety of booths,” Moses said. "Also, we’re doing it at the nature center, which is where we have our pollinator garden and our prairie demonstration, and so we want to show that off as well and show people some of the stuff that our club is working on.”

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