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Earth Day activity to feature animals at night

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Master Naturalist Richard Rempel, North Newton, returns as the resource person for Kauffman Museum’s annual Earth Day Adventure, April 19.

The evening event will begin at 7 p.m. at the museum, where Rempel will present “Night Life in Kansas.” He will use taxidermy specimens to highlight these animals: armadillo, bat, coyote, mole, owl, raccoon, skunk and white-tailed deer.

Rempel’s presentation will be followed by a craft activity about animal eyes, using glow-in-the-dark paint or ink. Members of the museum’s Education Committee will coordinate the activity.

The evening ends with popcorn popped outside over a fire, weather permitting.

Rempel, Bethel College professor emeritus of mathematics, was a member of the inaugural class of Kansas Master Naturalists, in 2011, through the Kansas State University Research and Extension Office. He did his training at Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson.

Kauffman Museum has been sponsoring special events marking Earth Day (celebrated April 22) since 2000 as part of its effort to help grow community appreciation for the natural world.

The Earth Day Adventure is free and open to everyone. For more information, call Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education, at 316-283-1612 or e-mail asa@bethelks.edu.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” are $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/.

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