CHALK­FEST

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do is we make the pub­lic aware of is­sues with the en­vi­ron­ment; we try to ed­u­cate and we look at the parks along­side the river in the city of Wilkes-Barre as our class­room.”

The River­front Parks Com­mit­tee uses the chalk con­cept as a lure to get lo­cal chil­dren and their fam­i­lies into the “class­room.” From there, at­ten­dees are wel­come to take part in the chalk draw­ings, but there are many ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties sur­round­ing them to take part in as well.

Hy­dro­ma­nia is the por­tion of the event that fo­cuses heav­ily on en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly how to pro­tect wa­ter, the science of wa­ter and learn­ing about ground­wa­ter pol­lu­tion, among other ex­hibits.

Ad­di­tional ex­hibits in­clude a live mam­mal show at 12:30 p.m., hosted by the Sec­ond Chance Wildlife Cen­ter. “Mam­mals of the Wa­ter­shed” will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of lo­cal an­i­mals from skunks and opos­sums to squir­rels and rac­coons.

Hy­dro­ma­nia also in­cludes free fish­ing for the fam­ily, cre­at­ing fish prints on shirts with paint and cre­at­ing rain sticks.

Over­all, Ma­day said the River­front Parks Com­mit­tee wants to cre­ate a fun, com­mu­nity at­mos­phere while also teach­ing chil­dren about the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Talk about un­in­tended con­se­quences — as peo­ple come in we will have our vol­un­teers guide them to a block, so when they come in, they come in ran­domly,” Ma­day said. “But when they get down to their blocks, all of a sud­den you have peo­ple whose kids are fo­cus­ing on their art­work and th­ese peo­ple are talk­ing to each other. They’ve never met be­fore and all of a sud­den they are com­mu­nity . ... I think peo­ple just want to be to­gether and have a cel­e­bra­tion. It’s amaz­ing how many adults get down there on the ground with them to draw.”

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