Earth Day event includes science activities for everyone


Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 3.39.59 PMLA GRANDE — Karen Antell, one of the organizers behind La Grande’s upcoming Earth Day and Science Works event, said the idea stemmed from a national movement.

“There were going to be science marches in other parts of the nation, and we wanted to branch off of that momentum,” Antell said. “But (marches and) protests are kind of negative, and we wanted to take a more positive approach to sharing science with the community.”

As a result, Wallowology!, Friends of Ladd Marsh, Eastern Oregon University faculty members, Union County Master Gardeners, U.S. Forest Service and several other community groups will come together to provide about 25 family friendly activities.

“I knew a bunch of people in these groups who I thought could help out, and as soon as I told them about it, they (immediately asked for a booth),” Antell said.

Among the many activities will be a paper bird activity.

“Kids can make their own birds out of paper, then we’ll launch them from up high so we can show how far they go,” Antell said. “We want them to see that the different sizes and wing shapes affect their distance to teach about physics and aerodynamics.”

The La Grande Fire Department will provide a lift to drop the paper birds.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife will have several plastic cranes distributed throughout the park, one attached to a transmitter. Using the department’s tracking device, children will be able to search for the correct crane.

The Grande Ronde Model Watershed will provide its stream table. EOU will present a chemistry magic show at noon.

While the wonders of science are at the forefront of the event, there will also be live music by two local performers, Seth Kinzie and Elwood.

The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at Max Square. In the event of rain, Antell said many of the activities will move to the Community Room in Cook Memorial Library.

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