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Eco-Day for Families

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Hey All – wanted to pass along this great opportunity from Iowa State Extension!



Research shows that children and adults who have a connection with nature are more able to adjust to stress and are more likely to take care of the environment.  “Families have fewer financial resources today and are seeking ways to live more simply,” says Brenda Schmitt, ISU Extension Family Finance Specialist.  “The Connecting Families to the Environment Conference will help families learn how to improve their physical, mental and financial health by looking at the environment around them.

The Connecting Families to the Environment Conference will be held Saturday, August 27, beginning at 9:00 am at the Borlaug Learning Center located at the Iowa State Research Farm near Nashua.  “Sustainable living encompasses all aspects of our lives.” according to Kristi Cooper, ISU Extension Family Life Specialist. “Human health and environmental health are closely tied.”  The intent of the Conference is to help people explore attitudes and behaviors that will ultimately improve our environment and our health.  School age youth are invited to bring their parents, grandparents and other adults to participate in interactive learning experiences focused on various aspects of the human/environment eco-system.

The daylong event will start at 9 AM with a keynote address by Brenda Ranum, ISU Regional Extension Education Director who is the driving force behind the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.  Environmental experts sharing their wisdom include Wayne Peterson, Iowa Dept. of Ag and Land Stewardship; Andrea Geary and Pat Higby, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education; Andy Larsen, ISU Extension and Mary Crooks, Ecological Designer. Floyd and Chickasaw County Conservation Naturalists Laura Elfers and Brian Moore will also share hands-on activities for families. The agenda also includes Alan Powell, Jendro of Charles City and a chance for families to discover their current ecological footprint.

Participants will attend session addressing themes of Nature, Food, Water and Energy.  Families will also experience a Local Foods lunch, take home an Eco-Family starter kit and harvest produce from the research farm.


For more information, contact Brenda Schmitt at 641-512-0650 or at schmitt@iastate.edu.



Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

August 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

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