RRSP to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Roaring River State Park will celebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. All community members are invited to attend the event, which will be held at the Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center off of Highway F in the park.

"This year, our focus is on water quality and how it relates to our lives," said Tim Smith, Roaring River State Park naturalist. "We will have information from the Missouri Stream Team, and Ozarks Water Watch will have information on the upper White River Watershed, which Roaring River is a part of.

"We will also have information on recycling and how that helps to maintain and improve our water quality," continued Smith. "With good healthy water, then there are an abundance of critters that live in the water."

The Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Division will be on hand to distribute free trees to attendees. By planting the complimentary trees, community members help anchor soil so that it doesn't erode into area streams.

"The Fisheries Division will be talking about the hatching and raising of trout here at Roaring River," said Smith. "MAKO Fly Fishers will be here to provide demonstrations on tying flies. Kids can come and pick out their favorite colors and get their own fly tied by this group."

This year's Earth Day celebration will also offer conservation brochures and handouts and other activities, and attendees will have the opportunity to watch a video featuring the Roaring River Spring.

"What we hope to impress to visitors is that water is the basis of life, and the quality of water will affect the quality of our lives," said Smith.

Free trees and information from the Stream Team, Ozark Water Watch and the Roaring River Hatchery will be offered throughout the day. Recycling information will also be available, and fly tying demonstrations will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Way of the Trout program will begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Roaring River Spring video will be shown at 11:30n a.m. A Snakes Alive presentation will be conducted at 1:30 p.m.

Smokey Bear will make an appearance during the Earth Day celebration at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring their cameras for photos with Smokey.

The event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation - Forestry Division, the Roaring River State Park Hatchery, Ozarks Water Watch and MAKO Fly Fishers.

For more information, call the nature center at 847-3742.

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