Large group attracted to Limberlost egg hunt

Authored by Jim Langham on Apr 21, 2014

Berne resident Delaney Schwartz, daughter of Kyle and Kyann Schwartz, looked on intently on Saturday morning as Curt Burnette, naturalist and program director for the Limberlost State Historic Site, explained a display of eggs that are rarely seen.
Jackson Kershner, of Cincinnati, also took in the display with Schwartz.
Burnette had set up a display of eggs that are rarely viewed because they are either buried or hidden.
“It’s not that they are all that rare, it’s just rare that we see them,” said Burnette. “A lot of them are buried and never visible to us.”
Among the rarely-viewed eggs on the display board were snake, swan, lizard, red-eared slider turtle, emu, rhea, a model cardinal egg and alligator eggs.
“This is meant to be much more than an Easter egg hunt,” said Burnette. “We want it to be an educational time and also a time that families can come together and share a learning experience in nature.”
Several of those attending took time to read the displays about Gene Stratton-Porter while others visited the “bird room” to view birds flying to the hanging feeders to eat some lunch.
Several of those attending the hunt found the magical golden eggs that allowed them to receive large Easter baskets donated by area businesses.
“We always appreciate the support of the entire community,” commented Burnette. “Much of the success of this hunt is based on donations made by area businesses in support of this effort.”
Egg hunts were divided according to age brackets. In addition, there were visits by the Easter Bunny and other surprise guests.
“I brought Colton. This is so much fun,” commented Deb Ehr of Ceylon. “It’s a lot of fun for the kids and it’s great to see the community involvement. It’s neat to see the kids play.”
Like the other children, as soon as the bell sounded to start the hunt, Colton was off as parents laughed in an attempt to stay with their children.
Samantha Schwartz enjoyed the special time with her son, Carson.
“I’m really enjoying being with him,” said Schwartz. “It’s a lot of fun for the kids. It’s good for community involvement. It’s neat to see him get out there and play.”
Carson’s grandmother, Dayon Schwartz, said that it’s as much fun to watch the grandkids hunt the eggs as it is for the children to search.
“This is wonderful. They always do such good things here. This is a great place to come to,” said Schwartz. “They have Halloween for kids and everything.”
“We wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Cindy Miller of Ceylon, who had three grandchildren at the hunt. “It’s fun to watch them. We’ve started a tradition with this.
“We are so fortunate to have a place like this so close to us,” said Miller, of the Limberlost site. “They do so many things for families to enjoy here.”

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