By Zach Redwood
Teaching children about the ecosystem and the way nature and human life coincide is a crucial part of cultivating the next generation of children.
When children learn how to properly tend to plants and animals, they can have a greater appreciation of how to better member of the ecosystem.
On March 25, 2017 Tulsa Community College’s Northeast Campus held EcoFest 2017. This event was aimed at sparking interest in ways that students and children can learn to cultivate our ecosystem.
Over 30 vendors were on hand, showcasing different products and telling about new practices in gardening.
The always-popular tower garden was out on display and drew many interested guests. The tower garden is a new way to home garden. The tower has a solid base that uses a pump to distribute water up the vertical flowerbed, to allow the water to trickle down the tower and into the individual “pots” of flowers and herbs.
This new gardening style gives the opportunity to grow plants at home, without the using the space and labor that a traditional flowerbed might use.
While exploring Ecofest, students were bound to find something that caught their eyes. Some took to the Tulsa Botanic Garden booth to check out the new improvements planned for at the Botanical Garden.
The Botanic Garden is planning to expand on the already extensive site that has six different gardens. A vendor on hand from the Tulsa Botanic Garden, Lori Hutson explained some tips for new or student gardeners.
“I would say do not go to big if you are just starting out. Containers are really easy. They do require a little bit more water. You have to watch them, because they will dry out a little quicker. They are also very moveable.”
The Tulsa Bookmobile, Tulsa Fire Department, Tulsa Schutzhund Club, a petting zoo, hayrides, and the American Red Cross were some of the other participants at the event.
Inside the academic building, the EcoKids Zone was busy with kids trying all of the different exhibits. Such as helping clean up the rivers and oceans, focusing on ways to help recycle and conserve, making environmentally friendly bird feeders, and colorful arts and crafts to take home.
The Tulsa Schutzhund Club put on a display of its highly trained German shepherds. The two dogs showed everyone just how disciplined they were when their trainer planted decoy “bombs” in the grass and watched while the dogs sniffed them right out of the grass.
The trainers showing just how powerful the dogs can be followed the bomb detection presentation. The dogs sniffed out the trainer hiding behind a blind with a full suit of protection, then proceeded to tear into the protected trainer’s arm.
Seeing just how well trained the dogs are, showed the children how dogs and other animals are an important part of our ecosystem.
Kids then enjoyed the petting zoo and finished the day with a hayride through the campus field. Overall, EcoFest 2017 provided many students and children to dive into gardening, animal training, and helping conserve to save the environment.
During Ecofest 2017, guests were treated to hayrides around the campus.
A petting zoo that included rabbits, goats, and a donkey was an exhibit at Ecofest.