As the last hurrah for my IAC Grant, I participated in Dunes Learning Center’s Get Outdoors Day this past Saturday. This annual open house event drew over 300 visitors this year, who came for a picnic lunch and activities ranging from launching a weather balloon and building a kite to taking a river hike and creating nature-themed art. Artist Bonnie Zimmer was also in attendance, building a wonderful found-object installation on the patio outside the main lodge. Inside, we created bird collages from paper scraps and I had lots of interesting bird discussions with visitors.
I had a great time, and the bonus was that I spotted an Indigo Bunting on the walk back to my car that afternoon.