Sometimes slowing down and taking the closest of looks when walking along a trail can lead to fun discoveries in all shapes and sizes.
Such is the case along the Homestead and Kingfish Pond trails at the Chattahoochee Nature Center since March 18, when small little additions appeared.
The Forest Fairy Houses have returned to the nature center.
“There is magic in the forest if you take the time to slow down and observe. The fairies have been busy building their tiny houses from natural objects found around the nature center,” said Chattahoochee Nature Center Visitor Experience Manager Alicia Evans.
According to Executive Director Lynn McIntyre, there are 15 whimsical fairy houses line the trails, and visitors will want to see all of them.
“Hearing the children’s squeals of delight when I hike by, is enchanting. They say ‘Oh, that is so cute.’ I think these fairy houses bring out the inner child in all of us,” said McIntyre.
Evans added that there is a fairy house in the nature center’s discovery store.
A scavenger hunt map is available from the Nature Exchange and participants also have the opportunity to earn Nature Exchange points for each fairy house spotted.
Fairy houses are unique and take many different forms, but are typically camouflaged by nature since each is made of its materials, such as sticks, bark, grasses, rocks, feathers and leaves.
“Visitors are encouraged to slow down on their hike and look closely, so they don’t miss the tiny structures,” said Evans.
Visitors even have the opportunity to get creative and build their own fairy houses, using nature’s building materials, in the free play area at the CNC.
McIntyre created her own house, which she entitled ‘Rose Cottage.’
To see more of the houses, the nature center trail social media hashtag is #ForestFairyHouses.
The exhibit is currently open and runs through May 31.
Admission to the exhibit is included with general admission to the nature center and is free to CNC members.
For more information about the Forest Fairy House Trail visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/events/event/forest-fairy-house-trail/.
On April 2, families can attend “Back to Your Roots Farm Fair,” at the nature center and experience the Forest Fairy Houses trail as a featured activity, in addition to other activities. There will be farm animals, live music, partner booths, food trucks and arts and crafts.
To learn more, visit http://www.chattnaturecenter.org/special-events/family-fun-days/.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell.
For over 40 years, the Nature Center has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.