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'A Salamander Tale' draws all ages to Plum Creek

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Photo by Suzy Lyttle

The Forest Preserve District's new “A Salamander Tale” exhibit jumped off to a good start on Thursday, March 1, when it opened at Plum Creek Nature Center.

Children, college students and adults of all ages explored the exhibit’s interactive aspects and informational elements.

The exhibit, which runs through Thursday, May 31, was organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center at Purdue University and was brought to the nature center through funding provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County.

“We are thrilled with ‘A Salamander Tale,’” said facility supervisor Diane Carson. “The children seem to love the interactive parts and the salamander replicas the most.”

Visitors also are enjoying a hidden salamander game where they get to explore a salamander habitat, Carson said.

“The exhibit is a wonderful educational tool that allows children to learn about salamanders and amphibians in a fun, hands-on way,” she added. “It’s not just for children, though. I was talking to a grandpa who brought his grandson to see the exhibit. He asked, ‘Are salamanders amphibians? What does that mean?’ So this exhibit sparks discussions leading to knowledge, regardless of your age.”

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. The nature center is closed Mondays and will be closed Friday, March 30, and Sunday, April 1, for the Easter holiday. Registration for this free, all-ages program is required only for groups of 10 or more; call 708.946.2216.


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