FLOYD, Va. (WFXR) — The New River Valley is home to a vast diversity of plants, fungi, animals… and soon, puppets too!

Springhouse is hosting a parade on June 10, highlighting the biodiversity in the region and bringing awareness to these unique and beneficial species.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and the “The Procession of Appalachian Species” will start moving at 11 a.m. from Lineberry Park through the streets of downtown Floyd.

Participants are encouraged to bring homemade puppets and dress up in costumes that represent their favorite species in the region.

Over this past year, Springhouse held puppet-making workshops in preparation for the parade.

“We believe that puppets hold the power to open pathways to understanding, invite play and allow for deeper connections and storytelling in our community. We hope that these puppets can allow us to pay better attention to all the amazing creatures that live in this region,” said Springhouse organizer Ian Stabler.

There will be food, music, activities, and more! For more information and to stay up to date with Springhouse events, visit their Facebook page here!

FUN FACT: Did you know that the Appalachian region boasts the world’s highest diversity of salamander species? Over 50 different salamander species hide under rocks and cool off in the brooks of the Appalachian Mountains.