A Great Day To Celebrate Earth Day At WACF

Luna Verheij, Holland (the Netherlands); Dakota Nguyen and Luke Kompagne, try their hand at archery. Kipp Mullet and Robby Balogh are ready to help if needed. (Photos by Deb Patterson)

SYRACUSE — Families and individuals visited the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation’s Levinson-LaBrosse Lakes & Wetlands Education Center for its first Earth Day Festival Saturday afternoon. There was fun for everyone and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

“It was better than we expected,” stated Dave Brandes, past chairman and board member early in the event about the turn out. Heather Harwood, executive director, noted several hours into the event the turn out had been really good.

It was estimated close to 200 people were at the education center visiting the 14 different stations. Free hot dogs and chips were provided by WACF and served by Syracuse Boy Scout Pack 3828.

The day was perfect for learning about archery, learning how to do fly tying, trying your hand at fishing, learning about wake boarding, flint knapping, making duck nesting boxes, learning about soils, the watershed and making seed bombs. Guests even had the opportunity to plant several dozen trees on the property, with the help of Wawasee FFA members. A number of adults learned for the first time about the Syracuse-Wawasee trails and the future plans for more trails.

The events began at the Ruddell Pavilion where guests could get a wristband or necklace and sign up to receive newsletters from the WACF. From there the festival activities followed the pathway leading guests out to the lakefront.

For some this was the first time visiting the education center and an opportunity to see the property.

Those who came for the event left with knowledge from a variety of areas.

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