Gibbon, NE (August 1, 2019) – Play in the Platte, hosted by the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, is a free event where families can explore the Platte River habitat and the critters that call it home. The event starts at 9 am on Saturday, August 10, and ends at 12 pm.
Rebekah Yates, Education Manager at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary, said they decided to host this event “to encourage people to take time to explore and connect to the Platte River ecosystem.”
“This event has been popular with children in the past two years,” Yates said. “They enjoy playing in the sand bars and digging channels for water to flow through.”
Most of the time will be spent in the river, so participants are expected to come dressed weather-appropriate and are required to wear closed-toe shoes (water shoes or old tennis shoes are preferred). Depending on the water level in the river channel, activities might be taking place in a wetland connected to the river instead.
Play in the Platte is free to attend, but free will donations are encouraged.
“The river is important for many animals and people tend to take it for granted,” said Yates. “This event allows families to bond with the river while bonding as a family.”
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive.