Sibley Nature Festival 2017
10:00 am — 3:00 pm
10:00 am — 3:00 pm
Sibley Nature Festival is a free community event for all ages now entering its third year! The theme of this year's festival is "At Home on the Llano." Guests will discover how people and animals have made their homes in our region of Texas, the Llano Estacado.
The festival will kick-off on Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. with special guest Andy Hedges. Andy will regale attendees with traditional songs that have been sung on the Llano for hundreds of years while gathered around a campfire. Guests will get their first glimpse into how people have made a home on the Llano.
On Saturday, the traditional Sibley Nature Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature these activities:
• Habitat Highway - A portion of the Sibley Nature Trail System will transform in to the "Habitat Highway" where visitors will journey through three unique habitats of our region. The stations will highlight different habitats and feature fun educational activities in which you can earn a special event trading card. Each station will offer two collectors cards featuring an animal and its native habitat. The cards will be hole-punched so that
guests can attach them to a ring on a Sibley Nature Center lanyard. (New cards will be added at future events, so that guests can create a collection of Sibley Nature Center Collectors Cards.)
• Guest Lecturers LaShara Nieland and Dr. Terry Maxwell. Guests at Ms. Nieland's lecture will learn about the interesting ways in which the Native Americans used wildflowers on the Llano Estacado. Dr. Maxwell's presentation will give guests an incredible look at how the short-grass prairies have changed over the years.
• Community Partners - At this time, confirmed booths include the I-20 Wildlife Preserve and Jenna Welch Bush Nature Study Center, the Midland Walkabout Club and the Stewards of the Wild. Other invitations are still pending. In addition to these booths, the Midland Hispanic Cultural Center folkloric group will perform dances inspired by the history of the Hispanic peoples on the Llano Estacado.
• Living History - Children and adults alike can explore Midland in the 1860's at the Sibley Youth and Family Garden. Lewis Neely, a reenactor, will join us to interpret the Llano Estacado at the time of Midland's founding. Guests can interact with Mr. Neely and discover what this area was like in the early days of settlement. The West Texas Homeschool Coop will also lead visitors through a typical child's experience on the Llano in the 1860s. Guests can learn traditional games, crafts and chores of the time period.
• Food Truck - What's a festival without great food? Brown's BBQ will be onsite with great food options at reasonable prices.