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Family Fun Day planned at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

August 23, 2013 - University Marketing Communications

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Join Stephen F. Austin State University staff members, students, volunteers and partner organizations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, for outdoor adventures at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A variety of stations providing opportunities for families to learn outdoor skills, increase awareness of forest resources and promote connections with nature will be set up around the center. Activities will include archery, outdoor cooking, garden composting, Backyard Bass, bird watching activities, plant identification hikes and more.

Sponsored by SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally provides enriching outdoor education experiences for families and youth. "We are pleased to provide outdoor programs for children and families that promote connections with the natural world through weekend family programs, after-school programs and other community environmental education events," said Kerry Lemon, assistant education coordinator. "This is our kick-off event to start the new season."

Supporting partners include the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the SFA Department of Agriculture, Boyette Consulting, Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches, City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Department, Nacogdoches ISD, Nacogdoches Bass Club, Pineywoods Audubon Society, SFA Garden Volunteers, SFA Outdoor Pursuits, Friends of the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and U.S. Forest Service.

Family Outdoor programs will be offered throughout the year. The schedule of upcoming educational programs and outdoor skill learning opportunities will be available for families at the event.

The kick-off Family Fun Day is $5 per family with no pre-registration required. Parking will be available at Raguet Elementary School. For more information about the Family Fun Day or future events, call Kerry Lemon at (936) 468-5586 or email lemonkb@sfasu.edu.