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.”