The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve and Keene Parks & Recreation are set to co-host a family-oriented program on the important role bats play in nature.

The “Bat Bonanza” event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Ashuelot River Park on West Street in Keene. The program features a guided educational tour of the bat houses and habitat in the area. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a picture with Ribby, the Keene SwampBats mascot, as well as create a bat craft and go on a sunset hike to view the summer evening bat activity. At the end of the program, participants will be given a take-home cookie kit.

The group will meet at the boat launch in Ashuelot River Park. The program is limited to 35 participants; to register, go to For more information, call 283-2115 or email

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