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Watershed Walk 2011 "From Your Backyard Shed to Your Watershed"

watershed squirrel feeding

        Watershed Walk - a fun, educational festival focusing on watershed, aquatic and biological activities demonstrating our relationship to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The participating exhibitors are organizations and governmental agencies who work with schools and Science SOL standards. At the festival, there are give-a-ways and participation awards for children, plenty of hands-on activities and interactive displays.   The Watershed Walk is held on the second Saturday of September in conjunction with the Onancock Harborfest. It is a fun-filled event of discovery and hands-on activities for children and adults alike. There were demonstrations of groundwater filtration, woodcarving, how we contribute to our two watersheds, the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, and interactive displays of the value of our groundwater if it cost the same as gas, piping plover nests and how stranded animals are cared for and released back into the Bay. The children also got to observe our famous blue crabs.
            Sponsored by the Environmental Education Council through the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District, this festival had 23 exhibitors with Mrs. GreenJeans handing out prizes nestled in a little red wagon in the "Garden Center" or town gazebo. There was also storytelling and puppet shows for the smaller children. The festival had over 1,500 visitors young and old attend.
           Not only did this educational event helped 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 lots of treasure for everyone.  Dutch Barns from Exmore, VA displaoyed an actual lifesize 14x14 shed. There were maps guiding visitors to the different activities encountering strolling musicians singing outdoor melodies and picking up “tokens” at each event they visited.  After navigating the Watershed Walk, participants received one of the plush sea animals or a pirate hat as a reward for taking this journey.

         watershed squirrel feeding
         watershed squirrel feeding
            The Watershed Walk was funded by a grant from VaNaturally.