The 2015 Eco Fair, sponsored by the Environmental Educators and Naturalists Association, brought together ecologically-minded groups from the university and Stevens Point community in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.
“The fair is a good way for people to get the word out about certain environmental issues they are involved with,” said Anna Radske, junior environmental education major.
The theme this year was “Bee Aware Eco Fair.” Several booths highlighted the implications of a declining bee population. One booth also allowed visitors to make beeswax candles, and another displayed bee-friendly plants.
Michelle Wastart, association member, presented an educational jeopardy board on several natural resource topics.
“It’s my first year here, and it’s looking like a good turn out of people,” Wastart said of the event.
Courtney Ross and Joel Bhard, divestment campaign members, asked attendees to write down potential personal losses from climate change on a ribbon. The ribbons are now on a tree outside the DUC.
Students for Sustainability, a student organization, allowed attendees to plant seeds and take them home. Compost collected from the school garden created the soil for planting, said Abbi Carlson, public relations officer for the organization.
The natural history museum made its first appearance at the fair. Elizabeth Deitelhoff, museum employee, said the fair gave people a hands-on feel for some artifacts since most of the museum is hands-off.
“Surprisingly many are unaware of the natural history museum in the library,” she said. “This is a good way to inform people.”
Farmshed was also at the fair. Olivia Ehlers, community outreach coordinator for Farm to School, said it is important for the community to have a presence at campus events.
“Many students end up working in Stevens Point, so it helps to start getting them involved now,” she said.