Staff Educate at Youth Festival

Hundreds of second-grade students experienced animals, art projects, exhibits and more all while learning the importance of natural resources and careers in science.

The students were at the recent Water, Wings and Wild Things Kids Festival organized by Polk County’s Nature Discovery Center. Various vendors set up booths at the outdoor festival, including the District. The event took place at Circle B Bar Reserve, which is a land jointly owned by the Polk County Environmental Lands Program, Friends of the Parks and the District.

Second-grade students were educated about local natural resources, their impact on the environment and conservation efforts. The District’s booth focused on fossils, geology, the hydrologic cycle and the importance of protecting our water resources.

At the District’s booth, students were able to get up close and personal with elephant bones, shark teeth and limestone rock. As the students moved through the display, staff answered any questions the students had along the way.

“District staff always find it exciting when there is an opportunity to participate in a youth education event. It’s a great chance to share their expertise with students and spark an interest to become an environmental professional in the future,” said Katherine Munson, the District’s Youth Education coordinator.