[Imc-bigmuddy] Free Admission and Lots of Fun for Those Under Twelve!
Kris Schachel, SICSF
sustain at siu.edu
Fri Apr 24 11:18:56 PDT 2009
Contact: Kris Schachel
sustain at siu.edu
OR Patrick King
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Free Admission and Lots of Fun for Those Under Twelve!
April 24, Carbondale The first Shawnee Energy Festival being held at GreenRetreat in Murphysboro
on May 2 & 3 has lots of fun in store for the youngsters. While parents can learn valuable ways
to save money and conserve resources, a kids tent full of activities, art projects, and
storytelling will engage children of all ages.
Hands-on demonstrations will include the Science Centers Dinosaur Dig, an Emriver Em2 riverbed
model from Little River Research & Design, and also Southern Sustainabilitys Energy Bike. The
Em2 is a fun way for kids to witness, manipulate, and understand riverbed processes like flow
patterns and erosion. The Energy Bike allows folks to hop on a stationary bike and pedal for
power comparing the difference in how much energy it takes to light a conventional light bulb
versus compact fluorescents.
Carbondale Community Arts will be at the Fest on Saturday with lots of fun art projects to offer,
and members of the Beautify Southern Illinois Student Alliance will provide facepainting. Also
Saturday afternoon, the Magic Storyteller will weave some wonderful tales with ecological themes.
On Sunday afternoon, the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Literacy Van will be at the Fest, and there
might be a character appearance from one of PBS popular kids shows!
Two special activities will allow kids and their parents to create items to take home! Pat York,
recreation program manager for Shawnee National Forest, will show how to make musical instruments
from natural items while also explaining about music and different cultures in Rhythm, Harmony
and Nature. And John Root will show how to construct a solar oven from recycled cardboard and
Festival activities include workshops and presentations on a variety of energy and environmental
topics, solar-powered bandstand, great food, a wellness center, and tours of GreenRetreat. For
more information, visit www.ShawneeEnergyFest.org and www.GreenRetreat.org
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