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Nature center plans 'Gnome Home' event


Gazette staff January 8th, 2009

The "Lilliputian" people aren't at all fazed by winter weather here in the metro. Out and about near their homes at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial, the imaginary community of little peo...

The "Lilliputian" people aren't at all fazed by winter weather here in the metro.

Out and about near their homes at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial, the imaginary community of little people has left clues for clever children to discover at the park's "Gnome Home" program, held 3 p.m. Saturday.

Park naturalists will lead children through the wildlife sanctuary, pointing out a microscopic world that only exists when the temperature drops.

"It's really an excuse to get out in the wintertime and look at the small stuff," said naturalist Neil Garrison. "We're not strictly biologists. We're going to have fun with it."

With a "wink and a nod," Garrison said naturalists will point out artifacts left by the park's imaginary gnomes along a 1-mile hike. Intricate patterns left in dead trees by burrowing insects becomes tiny gnome autographs and dead leaves become Lilliputian rain bonnets.

Garrison said "Gnome Home" has become a favorite winter program for many Martin Park regulars, but Saturday's event is the first one the park has hosted for a few years.

Advanced reservations for the $2 program are required. For more information, call 755-0676.

"Joe Wertz 

 
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