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Families seek nature with annual scavenger hunt

Mandy Maguffey, program coordinator at Millbrook Marsh, explains the scavenger hunt to families checking in on Sunday.
Mandy Maguffey, program coordinator at Millbrook Marsh, explains the scavenger hunt to families checking in on Sunday. knetzer@centredaily.com

It was a good day to get out into the marsh.

The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosted its annual scavenger hunt Sunday, inviting the community to walk about the marsh — sticking to the proper paths, of course — and introduce themselves to the nature of the area.

“We host (the hunt) every year,” program coordinator Mandy Maguffey said. “It’s free, and it usually goes really well if the weather is good.”

Thanks to the sunny day, Maguffey said she expected more than 100 people to take part in the fun.

The whole event was to help get kids familiar with the marsh and what they can find in nature, she said. At the same time, the community can learn about what the center has to offer, such as facility rentals and workshops.

Children and parents strolled along the boardwalk that winds through the marsh, pointing out fish, birds and other items on the scavenger hunt list. More subtle items included spider webs, signs of erosion and animal tracks.

Orion Potter, 3, was quick to point out a trout in Slab Cabin Run and checked it off his list. His parents, Brent and Lindsey, carrying their infant Welles, 6 weeks, said they come out to the marsh frequently as a family event.

“It’s a nice family place,” Lindsey said. “We can get out in the sunshine, and we can bring our dog too, since it’s a dog-friendly area.”

Orion pet the family’s brown pit bull mix, Gloria.

The one thing we didn’t find on the list is litter, which is a good thing.

Brent Potter

The scavenger hunt was going well too, Brent said, saying, “The one thing we didn’t find on the list is litter, which is a good thing.”

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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