The Mayor’s Environmental Expo had Mission Park hopping on Thursday with parents, teachers and students learning plenty of things they never knew about the natural environment.
Every year this event draws students from local schools out for a day of fun under the sun where the City of Kelowna has set up a string of booths intended to draw out environmentally conscious behaviour in the young students.
At one booth, students were learning to buy local apples, while at another the race was on to learn to compost or, at the very least, play in the dirt.
For Attila Lovaghy and his son, Aaron, it meant being wrapped in snakes as they learned to respect the creatures.
“It really demystified a lot the preconceived notions I had about them,” said Attila, who noted he wasn’t that keen on the creatures until he heard the naturalist on hand giving a talk.
Apparently there are five kinds of snakes in the Mission Park Greenway, and the pair said they were really interested to learn that the rattling sound rattlesnakes make isn’t an aggressive action, but one intended to scare people off.
Directly across the way, the Evelyn Roth Festival Arts group was teaching a string of students to imitate birds flying in a set of very colourful costumes.
And off to the side, beside displays intended to get kids polishing up their cycling skills to take on commuting one day, Science Opportunities for Kids was investigating water.
UBCO student Jessica Scott, who manned the SOK booth, said the students were learning about water properties, like cohesion and surface tension, with a series of exercises.
The Great Canadian Barge Contest had several very young minds trying to figure out the best way to get the most pennies to float in a tinfoil boat.
Hudson Road Elementary School’s Isabelle Glen had the project nailed with 57 pennies in her barge-shaped boat.