by Kenneth Brooks, Volunteer Nature Preserve Steward
The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Chapter recently exhibited our work at the Kentucky American Water Science Fair, where Fayette County public and non-public schools gather to display their best science fair projects each year.
Hundreds of school kids participated. And even more parents, siblings and friends attended to view the projects.
The Nature Conservancy was one of around twenty science-based organizations with a booth at the event, held at Tates Creek High School. Our table boasted pictures of the Conservancy’s Kentucky nature preserves, nature-themed activities, literature, and seed packets with herb and cone flower seeds.
A simple handout describing the three local nature preserves that are open daily and have excellent hiking trails proved to be the most popular item. Many were delighted to learn about our nature preserves and most indicated that their families would plan a visit.
We don’t attend a lot of these events but I found that it was very worthwhile. I have a feeling that the Brown/Crutcher/Wallace and other nature preserves in the Palisades area have been added to the calendar for many local families. And if we go back next year, I plan to bring more seed packets. We ran out of them by lunchtime!
All-in-all, it was fun and a great opportunity to interact with other nature lovers, especially the kids.