Special to the Press
BRISTOL - The Barnes Nature Center is hosting the “Annual Spring Fair and Rocks for All Ages” today, a free, family-fun event that teaches children about earth sciences and the importance of conservation.
The free fair at 60 Shrub Road runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes live music, food vendors, face painting and a flower sale. It will also have guided nature walks, pond discovery and nature exhibitions.
It is sponsored by the Bristol Rotary Club, the Bristol Garden Club, the Bristol and Meriden Gem and Mineral Clubs and others.
“As always we hope it brings the kids closer to nature and (teaches them) how cool science is,” said Fern Vaughn, program coordinator at the nature center. “We’d like to teach these kids- and adults- about conservation.”
“Rocks for All Ages,” presented by the gem and mineral clubs, will feature six or seven different informational stations about rocks, minerals, fossils and more.
There will also be free samples of rocks that kids can take home, Vaughn added.
Though on and off rain is predicted for Saturday, Vaughn said the event will be rain or shine. There will be two floors of indoor activities.
The nature center also has several animals- two owls, reptiles and amphibians- that will be at the event.
The Bristol Garden Club will be having a flower sale at the fair, said Luci Middleton, president of the club. They will be selling perennials, herbs and Mother’s Day arrangements. They will also be sponsoring an activity for the kids.
The spring fair has been ongoing at the nature center for several years, but this is the first year that “Rocks for All Ages” will be part of the event. Every year several hundred people go to the fair, said Vaughn.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 13th. The Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center is located at 175 Shrub Road in Bristol.