Cabin fever sufferers didn't let dark clouds and intermittent mists keep them from kicking off the summer at the Emmet County Nature Center on Saturday. Over 100 visiting campers and local residents attended the open house to peruse new displays, grab a bite to eat, take part in conversation and enjoy the great outdoors.
Youth gathered for the reading of "Larf," the lonely Bigfoot looking for a friend. After some discussion on Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch, the Abominable Snowman, and the Yeti), the youth took an oath to become "Official" Bigfoot Investigators.
Under the tutelage of Emmet County Naturalist, Jenna Pollock, the youth inspected the timberland of Big Island Grove in search of signs of the elusive wild man.
Youth took part in the Emmet County Nature Center summer kickoff event this past weekend at Wolden Park.
The investigation is still ongoing, but the field research team chose to take a break to warm up and dry off by the fireplace. One young investigator was quoted, "If Bigfoot lives here, he missed the mushrooms." The research team scattered the timber and prairie with eyes peeled for the magic morels. A few were found along with some yellows.
The youth wrapped up the afternoon with a Bigfoot craft making signs to warn of bigfoot crossings and Bigfoot refuge areas. Youngsters explored High Lake and played ranger tag at the Nature Center.
In the evening, Pollock presented a program on Bigfoot research data.
Members of the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Board and friends of the Nature Center wrapped up the evening with a celebratory campfire and burning of the Nature Center mortgage. The mortgage will be paid-in-full in June 2013, six short years after the construction of the Nature Center, thanks in large part due to community support and generous donations.
Emmet County Conservation wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the residents and visitors of Emmet County that continue to make the Nature Center a huge success.
Emmet County Conservation & Nature Center is located at 2303 450th Ave. For more information on these events call 712-867-4422 or visit www.emmetcountyconservation.com or www.facebook.com/EmmetCountyConservation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.