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Families Learn About Nature Through Fall Frolic

Coppell—The Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) hosted their annual Fall Frolic event on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Fall Frolic offered four stations scattered around the park, and each station represented a different season. At the stations, volunteers educated guests on how the seasons impact plant life and animal behavior. The stations also offered different crafts.

“[Fall Frolic] is actually my big event of the year,” BEC coordinator Maria Reed said. “It’s a chance for us to invite people to the nature park to learn a little about fall. This year we are focusing on the four seasons.

“The Biodiversity Education Center is actually a grassroots project. Coppell citizens decided [they] would love to have a nature park. It took some funding and some collaboration between a partner group, the Friends of Coppell Nature Park, and the city. In 2014 we opened up our doors, and we have been growing our programs ever since.

“We try to offer educational programs to all ages.We have adult classes about gardening, and we offer family friendly events like Fall Frolic and Trail Days. We offer programs for scouts, and we offer things for field trips. We try to offer as much educational opportunities about nature as possible to our guests and our visitors.”

“There are a bunch of activities on the trails for people to participate in and learn more about the environment,” volunteerArya Katna said. “At this booth, we’re doing a scavenger hunt. People can find things in nature that are on the trails, and it’s a great way for people to interact with the environment and learn more about it.

“I think people are having fun interacting with the different stations. At those [season] stations, we learn more about different types of trees and leaves. We also learned about different animals too.”

“I’m overwhelmed with how awesome [the Fall Frolic] is,” Shelby Thompson, member of the East Sustainability Group, said. “There are all different activities families can do and that is the reason we came. We wanted to bring our families to see all the activities [BEC] provides all the time.

“I think the hands on [approach] really helps children understand.I learned a lot about bird flight, bone density, leaves, trees, and about how plants grow.”

Wen Qian and Selena Wang attended the event with their daughters.

“I think we like all the activities and walking through the trail,” Qian said. “The weather is nice too. It’s a beautiful day to get out and just walk around.”

“I love how they have everything put together,” Wang said. “I think they did a phenomenal job with this event.”