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MetroParks Farm site of environmental festival

October 7, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
The rain seemed almost fitting as the Alliance for Watershed Action and Resource Education hosted the 2011 Watershed Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm.

What better way to spend a rainy Saturday than at the free event, which was open to the public and included featured displays, activities, and demonstrations from local agencies and organizations that showcase nature and the environment.

Visitors who braved the inclement weather weren’t disappointed, as in addition to outdoor activities which included a rain garden tour, the opportunity to bike the watershed on the MetroParks Bikeway, guided nature hikes, and tractor-wagon tours of the farm, indoor activities abounded as well.

Birds in Flight Sanctuary, which provides rescue, rehabilitation and medical care of sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey and waterfowl was on hand with a number of its fine feathered friends, such as “Big Momma,” a great-horned owl, and “Phoenix,” a red-tailed hawk.

Educational exhibits on composting, constructing a backyard nature rain barrel, a puppet show, make-and-take crafts, and a coloring contest combined to make the event one for the whole family.

Stephanie Dyer, environmental program manager for Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, called the event a collaboration of education and outreach.

AWARE is a local watershed group comprised of citizens and local agencies working together to improve quality of life by enhancing and protecting the environment within the Mill Creek, Yellow Creek, and Meander Creek watersheds, according to information provided by Linda Kostka, director of development and marketing for Mill Creek MetroParks. She welcomed visitors of all ages to join in a fun day of celebrating our local natural resources.

For more information, visit www.watershed.cboss.com.



Article Photos

Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Canfield High School student Joe Fagnano, never one to miss out on an opportunity to join in a MetroParks outdoor event, prepared to brave the inclement fall weather to join in a rain garden tour.

 
 

 

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