Dig In! at ScienceFest Oklahoma 2011
By Karla Beatty, OCC Education Coordinator
That’s exactly what more than 5,000 fourth and fifth graders from across Oklahoma got to do at this year’s ScienceFest. The annual event was held on April 21, 2011, at the OKC Zoological Park and Botanical Garden. The Oklahoma County Conservation District and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission once again participated in the event with an activity station – Dig In! Discover a World Beneath Your Feet. Students got to “dig in” to a pile of compost to discover some of the critters that live in the soil and how they help make out soil healthy.
ScienceFest is a day of interactive science and environmental activities focusing on the conservation of natural resources and the use of alternative energies. Over 20 agencies and organizations provide activities for students and their teachers to enjoy. The Oklahoma County Conservation District and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission have been involved with the event since 2008. Representatives from the conservation district working the activity station this year were Rick Godfrey, board member; Don Bartolina, district manager, and Becky Inmon, district secretary. Representing the Oklahoma Conservation Commission were Karla Beatty, Dianne Ireton, and Sheryl Gibson.
For more information about ScienceFest, visit the website: www.sciencefestok.org.