GAMBIER — The Brown Family Environmental Center, 9781 Laymon Road, has announced events to bring Knox County residents closer to nature while offering a look at the valuable resouces here in Knox County. During the month of March, the following activities are available free to the public.
Family Fun Day
March 28, 1-4 p.m.
Meet at the BFEC Resource Center. Enjoy a fun afternoon at the BFEC with the whole family. Take a short nature hike, jump in on a nature investigation, create something crafty using natural materials, and more.
Miller Observatory Open House
March 30, 9-11 p.m.
Meet at Miller Observatory. Enjoy telescope views of celestial sites including the moon, planets like Venus, Jupiter and Saturn, as well as star clusters and nebulae. Weather permitting (if it’s cloudy, the program will be cancelled).
Artist Reception & Exhibit Opening
March 31, 5-8 p.m.
Meet at the BFEC Resource Center. Enjoy wine and cheese while you meet local artists Todd Celmar and Virginia Birchfield. Contrast and Relief: Two Perspectives on Expression through Wood features 16 highly unique wood carvings, wall sculptures and furniture. On display at the BFEC Resource Center from March 31 through June 7. Any time the resource center is open, you are invited to enjoy this exhibit.
Knox County Park’s Once in a Blue Moon Hike
March 31, 8-10 p.m.
Meet at Thayer Ridge Park, 7770 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon. Join the Knox County Park District to experience Thayer Ridge Park in spring during a blue moon. The second full moon within a month is referred to as a “blue moon” and they are a lot more common than you may think. Typically a blue moon happens once every 2.7 years, but this year January and March had two full moons each month. This blue moon hike is a great way for a family to experience the out-of-doors after dark and hone those non-visual senses by using your ears (for hearing), fingers (for touching), nose (for smelling) and even your mouth (for tasting). Thayer Ridge has great open views for moon ogling and stargazing.