Bridgeland's 7th Annual Nature Fest
Date(s) & Time(s)::
April 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Location: Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Rd., Cypress TX 77433
BRIDGELAND’S NATURE FEST TAKES CROWDS ON A SUBURBAN SAFARI APRIL 26
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Seventh Annual Event Features Attempt to Break World Record
CYPRESS, TX (February 7, 2014) - Wild things of all ages will flock to Bridgeland Saturday, April 26, for Nature Fest, an annual event that showcases a lively menagerie of creatures, characters and cuisines. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the community’s Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road, this year’s gathering could go down in history as the crowd will attempt to break the world record for the most people giving a simultaneous bird call.
Approximately 10,000 guests gathered to achieve this tweet feat at last year’s event, but Mother Nature intervened and cut the attempt short after an unexpected downpour. This year, Houston Chronicle nature columnist and noted bird watcher Gary Clark will return to teach attendees how to call the northern cardinal, a bird common in the Houston area and known for its vigorous song and the male’s vibrant red feathers. To break the record, at least 802 people need to make the cardinal’s call for 10 seconds or more.
“The northern cardinal’s song is beautiful and easy to learn,” Clark said. “It starts with ‘cherry, cherry, cherry,’ and is simple to mimic.”
In addition to the record attempt, Staples Safari Zoo will return with its unique troop of rescued lemurs, kangaroos, movie-star monkeys and other exotic animals. A Siberian fox and a young lion, both featured on the Today Show and Fox & Friends earlier in the year, also will be in attendance. Another spectacle, Crocodile Encounter, will perform its interactive reptile show and showcase a variety of native creatures.
“More than just fun, Nature Fest also gives rescued animals a voice and teaches the community to appreciate the natural world,” said Brian Staples, owner of Staples Safari Zoo, a group that has performed at the event twice before. “We are happy to return to such an event that has proved so popular in the Houston area.”
New this year is Austin Bike Zoo, an assembly that combines puppetry and mechanics to create pedal-powered animal art. The cycling clan will showcase two of its butterfly bikes, one of which comes in at 15 feet tall, making it the ‘monarch’ of the duo.
With pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, bubble runners, bounce houses, arts and crafts and a pack of gourmet food trucks, there will be plenty of ways to monkey around. While some activities are free, others require a small donation that will benefit the non-profit Staples Safari Zoo and Habitat for Humanity Northwest County (NWHC), a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing for families in need within northwest Harris County.
“We’re thrilled to host Nature Fest for the seventh year,” said Peter Houghton, Bridgeland’s vice president of master planned communities. “With the entertainment we’ve lined up, attendees are in for a fun-filled day.”
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Learn more about Bridgeland, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation and part of The Woodlands Development Company, at www.bridgeland.com.
Nature Fest, Bridgland’s annual adventure, returns 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the community’s Oak Meadow Park, 17730 House Hahl Road. After rain spoiled the first attempt in 2013, crowds will make a second try at breaking the world record for the most people giving a simultaneous bird call. Returning for a third year is Staples Safari Zoo, which is bringing a contingent of more than 120 rescued exotic animals, including a celebrity capuchin named Wilson.
Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master planned community in Cypress, Texas, located between U.S. 290 and Interstate 10 on Fry Road and bisected by a segment of the Grand Parkway. Managed by The Woodlands Development Company, Bridgeland and The Woodlands share the same development philosophy and benefit from The Woodlands’ 40 years of successful real estate development. Both communities are listed among the top-selling master planned communities in Texas and the nation and offer a wide variety of housing options, extensive outdoor recreation and a focus on environmental preservation. For more information, visit www.bridgeland.com.
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