Thursday, April 07, 2011
A GREAT WAY FOR KIDS TO LEARN TO MAKE OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
KIDS ECOLOGY CORPS
IN FT LAUDERDALE
Esplanade River Park was alive with smiling children and parents from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Many booths were set up to inspire young people to make environmental action part of their everyday lives and in the lives of those around them. Volunteers arrived early and helped get set up.
The event featured live entertainment, including cheerleaders and baton twirlers from Walker Elementary School for the Performing Arts, and their band, dance and chorus, and the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre. There was live and recorded music, a member of the Police K-9 Corps and his dog showed a working dog in action, face painting, eco art and jewelry, home grown vegetables and fruit, registration for energy saving workshops, solar power and electricity demonstrations, and many organizations were in booths with flyers and display materials regarding improving and appreciating the environment.
Esplanade Park is on a riverbank, and the path wound around as attendees went from booth to booth. Event participants with booths included Costco, the Audubon Society, Florida Atlantic University, the South Plantation High School Horticulture Academy, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, City of Ft. Lauderdale Public Works, Whole Foods, South Florida Water Management, Florida Panthers, and there was a petting zoo and rock wall for the children to climb. The children could make sand designs. Admission was free. Trees were both sold and given away with instructions for planting. Culinary delights were available. Sea turtle release was demonstrated. The Museum of Discovery and Science is across the street and attendees were welcome to see their exhibits.
More than 100,000 youth have been educated in South Florida since the 1998 formation of the Kids Ecology Corps. Volunteers have challenged young people in classrooms and community programs to take new action to help conserve water, reduce their carbon footprint, plant native trees, and to protect our ocean and coral reefs by reducing pollution.
For information: www.kidsecologycorps.org or call 954-524-0366.