Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater’s (MCFC) Traveling Environmental Festival is coming to Unity by the Shore!
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Unity by the Shore
3508 Asbury Avenue,
Neptune, NJ 07753
Fundraiser concert for New Jersey Friends of Clearwater to follow at approximately 3:00/3:30 pm.
The exhibit is free and we are asking for $5 fundraising concert fee.
Performing: Wonderlands, Rich Deans, Kevin John Allen, Xenia Sky, Ingrid Heldt with Isis and Dale Lakata and O’Neill & Martin
This is an exciting, hands-on interdisciplinary educational program designed to demonstrate the inter-dependency of all plants and animals. The MCFC staff will guide students on a fascinating exploration of our environment, starting at the base of the food web with the plankton and culminating with humans. Through hands-on interconnected stations –including plankton study, live exhibits aquarium, water chemistry, watershed model, creative dramatics, and music, the young mind will be brought to a deeper understanding of our need for clean, clear water. The dependence of one species on another, the effect of human industry on our environment, and the role each of us plays in shaping the present and future through choices we make are the themes of our program.
This Traveling Environmental Festival is a great educational tool for children of all ages. While the target audience are grades 2 through 6, the curriculum has been tailored to accommodate older and younger audiences.
Traveling Environmental Festival–The Stations:
Introduction: Welcome to our water-dependent world! Clean, clear water is a precious commodity. The student is introduced to the food web and the dangers that threaten it.
Plankton: Come with us and explore the microscopic world where the phyto- and the zooplankton lurk. The station leader will teach students to handle scientific instruments and identify living specimens.
Life in the Water: In the aquarium we see underwater creatures in their natural habitat. Using a study guide the students will identify the specimens and the functions of the various organisms.
Watershed: How does the water get polluted. The students will discover, through the use of an interactive watershed model, how human day-to-day, earthly practices and neglect foul our waters and eventually affect our own health. By participating, the students will understand what they can do to help.
Water Testing: The health and well being of all living creatures depend on the habitat in which they live. With the students’ assistance, the station leader will conduct scientific tests to determine the level of dissolved oxygen, nutrients, acidity, and toxins in the aquatic environment.
Closing: Meet Iva Choice, with a coat of many pockets, who challenges the students to think about what they do. Through thought-provoking actions and responses, the children will discover that they truly have a choice and can make a difference! The whole program is laced with humor and song that gives it it’s Festival name.
For more information on the Traveling Environmental Festival, please visit http://www.mcclearwater.org/tef.php