Missouri River Outdoor Expo – Ponca, Nebraska
For the ninth straight year, the League hosted a booth at the Missouri River Outdoor Expo, one of the largest free outdoor expos in the Midwest. The event, held September 16-17 at Ponca State Park, provided the opportunity for League members and staff to talk with thousands of attendees about the League’s Clean Water Challenge, Missouri River Initiative, and other programs. We also helped families build about 650 birdfeeders out of recycled materials, which they took home for use in their yards.
A big thank you to Mike and Jan Gaghagen, Lurlie Campbell, and Cathy Dzuris of the Nebraska Division and Larry Grill of the Iowa Division for their hard work at the Ikes’ booth. Through their efforts, we raised many people’s awareness of the League and our conservation priorities.
Iowa Outdoor Expo – Des Moines, Iowa
The League’s Des Moines Chapter, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and partner groups hosted the annual Iowa Outdoor Expo September 23-24. The event introduces kids and families to new outdoor activities and teaches them about natural resources. League staff and members talked with families about our Clean Water Challenge, the importance of wetlands and healthy rivers, and other League programs. We helped youth and adults build about 500 bird feeders to put up at home and introduced many new families to the League.
Madison Science Expo – Madison, Nebraska
Nearly 700 elementary and pre-school students from 13 schools attended this year’s Madison Science Expo in Madison, NE on September 28. The League had a booth at the event again and this year the theme was “How Long Will It Last?” We taught the kids about how long common items last in a landfill or in our environment. We encouraged them to get their families to recycle aluminum, plastics, paper and glass so it doesn’t go to a landfill. We also encourage the kids to pick up litter and trash so it doesn’t end up in our waterways. Thanks again to Mike Gaghagen, Lurlie Campbell and Cathy Dzuris for their great work with the kids at the event.
Riverfication Event Update – Sioux City, Iowa
This event, which brings together more 1,500 students from Iowa and Nebraska to learn about the Missouri River and surrounding environments, was originally scheduled for September 29. However, organizers postponed the event until next spring. The League still plans to have a booth at the event to teach students about the importance of clean water and we will be looking for volunteers to help with this outreach. Look for updates from the League when the new date is set.