Creatures of the night will come to light during Nocturnal Week, which is being held in the Discovery Cabin at Minnetrista Jan. 16, 18, 20 and 21. 

This free event is a series of hands-on activities held to educate children about nocturnal animals such as bats, owls, raccoons and more through a variety of activities. 

“In the process [of the activities], kids will learn how nocturnal animals scavenge, find their food, what they prey on, why they sleep in the daytime and are active at night and more,” said Ashley Mann, discovery and engagement manager at Minnetrista. “It’s learning through play, so it’s not like school.”

Discovery Week Times  

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 18
  • Noon - 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 21

Each day will bring a unique agenda, from crafts to games like animal bingo or candy scavenger hunts.

“Winter — when the nights are longer — is a great time to learn about creatures that are awake then,” said Jamie Grove, experience assistant at Minnetrista.

Grove also said she hopes that Nocturnal Week will make more people aware of the Discovery Cabin, which is a “relatively unknown resource for parents” that is open year-round. 

Contact Melissa Kraman with comments at mmkraman@bsu.edu