After the park cleanup, everyone was invited to enjoy a free barbecue lunch, ice cream truck, and face painting. Various booths higlighted local arts and recreation opportunities. Local museums hosted an array of arts and crafts projects, and an African drum circle provided additional entertainment.
It was more than just a party, though! Science demonstrations taught kids and their parents about soil erosion, native plants, and water quality, in order to raise awareness and empower individuals to take a more active role in protecting our watersheds. Later in the day, families could try out canoes and kayaks, or learn to fish with Oakland County Drain Commissioner Jim Nash. Water recreation activities, like fishing and paddling, are a great way for people to connect with the natural world, as well as with one another. The festival provided a great opportunity for everyone in attendance to make connections over a shared enthusiasm for learning about the environment and exploring the outdoors.
Despite a couple of rain showers, it was a lively event. NTH is proud to support this event that encourages environmental stewardship and healthy living.