Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Upcoming Events

Sunday Creek Daycamps Fast Approaching

The Sunday Creek Watershed Group will host two watershed day camps this summer for children in grades 3 to 8. The camps will be July 16-20 at Glouster Community Park and August 6-10 at Altheirs Park in Corning, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop-off will begin at 8:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served until 9 a.m.

The camps will introduce children to water quality issues, including pollution and animal and plant life. Activities will include: canoe floats, water testing, hikes, plant identification, arts and crafts and an animal display by Hocking College. Instructors at the camps are staff members of the Sunday Creek Watershed Group, the Ohio State Department of Natural Resources, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Please register for the Glouster camp by July 6 and for the Corning camp by July 30. Cost of the camp is $30 for all five days, which includes transportation, lunches and snacks. Scholarships may be available. For more information, call Emily at 740-767-2225 or email

Camp councilor positions are available for high school students. Interested students should call the above number.

Date Set for Annual Sustainability Festival
Submitted by Tom Redfern, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator

The Seventh Annual Athens Area Sustainability Festival will be held this year the weekend of September 28, 29, and 30. The Festival will be using a new venue this year. For the first six years of its existence, the Festival has been held at the Athens County Fairgrounds. This year, for the first time, the Festival will be held on City of Athens land at the end of East Park Drive in East State Street Park.

"The new venue does present challenges," said John Knouse, a member of the coordinating committee. "We have to provide sanitary facilities, water supply and electrical supply that were already on-site at the fairgrounds. We hope to provide the electricity from photovoltaics as much as possible."

As in years past, the Festival will feature exhibits, food, children's activities, and music, and, most especially, a great variety of educational workshops dealing with sustainability issues. In addition, the Third Annual Athens Sustainability Documentary Festival will run concurrently at the same site, showing documentaries relating to sustainability.

This year, for the first time, the Festival will offer free booth space to qualifying nonprofits.

"We hope to get as many area nonprofits as possible represented at the Festival this year," Knouse said.

The Festival will kick off Athens Sustainability Awareness Week, which will also feature activities at Ohio University and at other area institutions, and which will close a week later with the Ohio Solar Tour, sponsored by Green Energy Ohio.

For further information, contact:

John Knouse
740.707.9060 (to be updated soon)

Calendar of Events

06/27 - Economic Vitalization group meeting (from Rural Renewal Retreat), 7 p.m., Trimble office

06/27 - Sunday Creek Watershed Group Meeting, 6:40 potluck, 7 p.m. presentation, Sunday Creek Office in Glouster. Ann Kramer of the Wayne National Forest will present about the underground railroad. For more info contact Emily Boyer.

06/28 - Staff Meeting, Huff Run Office (Mineral City).

07/09 to 07/11 - Friends of the Lower Muskingum River Watershed Daycamp, Beverly/Waterford, OH. Call the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River office at (740)374-4170 for more info.

07/16 to 07/20 - Sunday Creek Watershed Daycamp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glouster Memorial Park (in Glouster), contact Emily Boyer for more info.

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