Enchanted Forest Transforms Volunteers into Native Animals

Volunteer Chris Broni prepares to transform into an opossum for Merry Lea's Enchanted Forest.

Volunteer Chris Broni prepares to transform into an opossum for Merry Lea’s Enchanted Forest.

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Enchanted animals meet in the hayloft to prepare for their roles.

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Volunteer Peg DeMott described life as a monarch butterfly.

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Lights reflected in the Kesling Wetland add to the enchantment of the evening.

Merry Lea’s 2016 Enchanted Forest attracted a robust crowd of 220 people. Children had a chance to chat with native animals such as a beaver, an opossum, a monarch butterfly, an owl, a frog, a toad and a raccoon. Volunteer animals took a crash course in diet, predators, parenting and other habits of the animals they portrayed.