World Nature Conservation Day was July 28 and in celebration of this Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose is hosting a free family fun day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with a variety of learning activities answering the questions, what is nature? Why is nature important? And how do we conserve nature?
“We really demonstrate that nothing is not important,” Mark Phillips, Fossil Rim homeschool coordinator, said. “The thing we say is, 'everything’s connected so everything’s affected.'”
At the main entrance of the center a Jenga game will be played teaching participants how things in nature are connected.
“We’ll look at the non-living parts of it; the soil, the air, the sun,” Phillips said. “And then we’ll look at the living parts like pollinators.”
As attendees drive through the wildlife center they will receive a checklist where they will mark the things they observe on their way to the overlook.
Some of the things participants will be on the lookout for include:
A Hardwood tree over 10 feet tall A Milkweed plant A herd of animals together A baby animal A Jack rabbit A Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher bird A body of water Black soil At the overlook, kids will make their own newspaper pot to take home with them.
“We’re going to make a pot and load it up with soil and then plant a seed,” Phillips said. “The kids will be able to take that pot home, plant it and the newspaper will dissolve in the soil.”
Fossil Rim is dedicated to preserving nature and endangered species.
“We’ll talk about beneficial insects and how protecting habitats is important,” Phillips said. “Species go extinct every day and the main reason is habitat reduction or habitat elimination.”
The objective of World Nature Conservation Day is to raise awareness about protecting natural resources and that’s exactly what Fossil Rim intends to instill during its family fun day.
“World Nature Conservation Day recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation for a stable and productive society,” reads the Environmental Information System website. “And to ensure the well-being of present and future generations, we all must participate to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage our natural resources.”
For more information on Saturday’s event visit fossilrim.org or call 254-897-2960.