July 16 – Family Water Festival
DAY: July 16, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM, July 16
2:00 PM Illustrated History with Steve Stark
TITLE: Family Water Festival at World Garden Commons
WHERE: Rabanus Park 4301 18th Ave So, Fargo
Hosted by: River Keepers
Families can learn about our wet natural resources to appreciate water in the World Garden Commons and the watershed. Fun family activities result in the ability to identify water properties, sources of pollution, and the importance of water quality. Parents and kids can participate in a scavenger hunt.
WATER FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
- Stream Sense Scavenger Hunt – touch and feel ‘signs’ of animals such as horns, nests, shells and then participate in a scavenger hunt around the World Garden Commons to collect conservation tattoos.
- River Crime Lab – Dig through a bag of ‘garbage’ and figure out how garbage got into the river and how to keep it out.
- Trees – Count tree rings and talk about roots.
- Let the Cattail Out of the Bag – See things that make up a wetland like frogs, ducks, snakes, cattails, and mud, then try figure out how everyday items relate to the wetland.
- Water Treatment Officer – Learn how our water is treated and then filter a sample of river water.
To encourage family fishing along the Red River, Deb Jenkins will provide a taste of Catfish, coleslaw and vegetarian beans.
2:00 PM ILLUSTRATED HISTORY with Steve Stark
Steve Stark, political cartoonist, illustrator and writer, will tell the illustrated story of the settlement of the Red River Valley, highlighting the importance of preservation. Stark has combined his drawing with an appreciation of history. His Illustrated History programs bring history to life in an unusual way when he tells stories of our heritage while fast-drawing them in charcoal on long rolls of mounted paper.
River Keepers grew from a desire to rediscover the Red River’s heritage, and to teach people to again appreciate the Red as a living River. Today, members of River Keepers advocate for awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the Red River through riverfront development projects, river recreation and economic opportunities along the Red River corridor.
All ages are welcome to this free event. For more information, contact River Keepers Director Christine Holland at 701-235-2895.