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Watershed Walk

watershed squirrel feeding


           The Watershed Walk is a fun, educational festival that is held annually on the second Saturday of September in conjunction with the Onancock Harborfest. It is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Environmental Education Council. Not only did this educational event help children get a head start at school this year by focusing on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL’s) for grades 3-6, it provided plenty of fun and action for everyone.  The festival focuses on watershed, aquatic and biological activities demonstrating our relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Participating exhibitors are organizations and governmental agencies who work with schools and Science SOL standards. Every year there are give-a-ways and participation awards for children, plenty of hands-on activities and interactive displays.  

It is a fun-filled event of discovery and hands-on activities for children and adults alike. There were demonstrations of bird beak adaptations, groundwater filtration, how we contribute to our two watersheds, the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, and interactive displays of creatures of our watershed and how stranded animals are cared for and released back into the Bay. The children also got to hold an American Eel, touch earthworms, sea urchins, clams, periwinkle snails, oysters and spider crab among other really neat animals. This year's theme was "Superheroes of Our Watershed. So there were superhero comic book maps guiding visitors to the different activities and picking up “tokens” at each booth they visited.  After soaring through the Watershed Walk, participants received one of the many super toys or prizes as a reward for completing this mission at the Super Headquarters (or Onancock Town Gazebo). The festival had over 1,000 visitors young and old attend.

The Watershed Walk is funded through a Whole Community Watershed Restoration Grant awarded from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Program.         












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