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Explore Elachee under night sky and trick or treat
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Area residents may don costumes and enter the forest at night for a fun, non-scary adventure next weekend.

Elachee Nature Science Center will host its family festival “Nightfall” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at its main campus at 2125 Elachee Drive in Gainesville. Admission is $5 per person. Elachee members and children 2 and younger may enter for free. 

Visitors may take off on a Trick-or-Treat trek on the trail and meet animal-costumed Elachee staff members with treats and stories. Storyteller Toni Hurst will spin funny and not-too-scary tales by the light of an October moon. Raptor expert Monteen McCord will wow participants with her fascinating Birds of Prey program at 6:30 p.m.

Other features include a telescope tour of the sky with Elachee astronomers, face painting, crafts and concessions.

If the forecast calls for clouds and rain, Elachee will have an alternate plan for indoor fun.

For more information, call Elachee at 770-535-1976 or visit

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