The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is bringing science and nature together for a one day nature fair at their Keene Valley, New York office. Though a lot of the Nature Conservancy’s hard work is behind the scenes, the August 9 celebration is an opportunity for the staff to showcase their specialties and demonstrate how they continue to work to support communities and nature.
According to Associate Director of Philanthropy Erin Walkow, the idea for a nature fair sounded like the perfect way to connect the public with all the different departments within The Nature Conservancy.
“We want to show people what we are doing, not just tell them,” says Walkow. “I’m so proud of all the good work being done. We are using the model of a science fair. Each department has set up projects, games, and activities to showcase the different initiatives in the Adirondacks. It is a new way to spread the word for the work we are doing in the Adirondacks.”
Walkow gives one example of how Adirondack communities benefit from the Nature Conservancy’s work. After extreme flooding in localized areas after Hurricane Irene, the need to create new culverts was a necessity. The old culverts were too narrow and high, leading to debris buildup which in turn contributed to flooding. The new open-bottom, concrete box culverts with natural stream beds opened up additional habitat for fish and are designed to tolerate high water volume. The organization continues to research ways to connect communities to nature.
“When the hurricane hit, there was so much flooding and damage. Whole communities were cut off,” explains Walkow. “An improved culvert was created and it was a win-win for people and nature. The rivers are healthier, which makes the communities healthier.”
The Nature Fair is going to be fun,” added Walkow. “We are going to have a lot of activities for kids, music, lots of food, and a movie about our work. There will be a tent so people be inside or outside. It’s going to happen rain or shine. Everything is free. We hope people will stop by and see why this work matters. We need more advocates to protect this special place and to protect the environment.”
The Nature Conservancy Nature Fair is August 9 from 3 to 6 pm at the Keene Valley office, located at 8 Nature Way. There are additional ways to connect to The Nature Conservancy. All six Adirondack Nature Preserves are open to the public to explore different ecosystems. There are other events and volunteer opportunities for people to discover all the different ways The Nature Conservancy connects people with nature.
Nature Fair photo provided.