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Local bird expert to lead walk for museum’s Earth Day activity

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The “Earth Day Adventure” at Kauffman Museum last year was a night walk – this one will take place early in the morning.

The annual event will be April 19, starting at the museum on the Bethel College campus, at the corner of Main and 27th streets in North Newton, at 7 a.m.

Local bird expert Gregg Friesen, Newton, will meet participants for a 1.5-mile walk along Bethel’s Sand Creek Trail to listen and watch for birds.

Participants should bring along binoculars and a bird book if they have them, although neither are required.

The walk will end where it started, at the museum, with coffee, juice and bird nest cookies for the birders.

Participants should be aware that quiet, attentive walkers will see and hear the most birds. Visiting is discouraged along the trail, but encouraged after the walk, back at the museum.

Sand Creek Trail is a recreational trail with a largely wood-chip surface. Most of its three miles are on the Bethel campus, passing through wooded areas. A small, paved portion goes through Chisholm Park just north of Kauffman Museum.

The Earth Day Adventure is free and open to everyone. Children 12 years old or younger should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education, at 316-283-1612.

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,, or Facebook page.

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