FWC seeks to connect kids with nature at Capitol event
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Media contact: Katie Fojtik, 850-488-6251; Jessica Basham, 850-410-4943
The courtyard between the old and new Florida
capitols will be a showcase of the natural wonders of Florida from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. The theme is "Creating the
next generation that cares."
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) will host a variety of interactive displays to
inspire youngsters to care about the natural character of Florida
and enjoy the adventures that nature offers them.
One display will feature a touch tank of marine
life; another will offer kids a chance to become a bear for a
little while and search for berries and bugs to eat. Participants
will also have a chance to learn how to cast a fishing line.
Kids will learn the names of the bird species that
live in Florida or migrate through the state every year and
participate in an activity that will help them discover what it's
like to be a bird at migration time.
Youngsters will get to see a wild baby alligator up
close with an expert standing by to answer their questions, such
as, "Can an alligator really outrun a racehorse like my brother
The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement will display
the vehicles and vessels it takes to patrol, protect and preserve
Florida's woods and waters, and the division's K-9 team will
demonstrate how it sniffs out lawbreakers and tracks down lost
Other activities will include a station to make
bird masks, a turkey-calling presentation and more.
Increasingly, today's children disconnect from
nature. They devote nearly eight hours a day to entertainment media
and media multi-tasking, while the number of youngsters who spend
time in traditional outdoor activities continues to decline
Organizers hope that through providing information
and interactive experiences to youths, the project will motivate
them to care about protecting the legacy of magnificent natural
resources that are unique to Florida and that fuel the state's
The event is free and open to everybody who's
interested in learning some of nature's secrets and how they
sustain life in Florida.