2017- 9th Annual Conway EcoFest

EXHIBITORS: UNLOADING PROCEDURES and DIRECTIONS to the park visit Festival Location and Maps 

2016 sections and exhibitors

Exhibitors and volunteers help provide environmental education and awareness within our community.

AGRICULTURE

Purpose: To help visitors discover the opportunities to real energy costs associated with our food supply; understand the important role of agriculture in our economy and state. 2016 learn how to compost (backyard, city or vermicomposting); explore connections of food supply/waste issues/and health; better understand nutrition and food label analysis; engage with those involved with local (Urban) Farming/Gardening and how to reduce the use of pesticides; how to build your own hoop house to extend your growing season, and more.

 

2016  AGRICULTURE AND ORGANICS
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality- Composting
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Bees: 
Conway Tree Board
Faulkner County Natural Resources Conservation District
Faulkner County Cooperative Extension: info on Farmer's Market on Amity -Antioch
Faulkner County Seed Library
Faulkner County Master Gardeners
Faulkner County Urban Farming
Food Recovery Network
Heifer International
The Locals
UCA Nutrition Students
 
 

CARDBOARD CAR DERBY

PURPOSE: A FUN USE OF RECYCLED PRODUCTS IN PRODUCING A DERBY CAR, This year, participants will be allowed to use additional recycled materials. See Derby Rules and Regs for more details!

All participants will receive recognition. Certificates and unique awards will be presented. Businesses, youth groups, civic groups, church groups, families and neighborhoods are encouraged to enter. Besides good team building, education, and even promotion, it utilizes creativity and competition...all in good fun ... total novices are most welcome!!

Helton’s Wrecker Service will be providing our “imported gravity” (ramp) for the race.

The Derby will take place on the south parking lot of  Laurel Park. 

 

2016 CARDBOARD CAR DERBY PARTICIPANTS
Carl Stuart Middle School; Becky Thornton Art Class
Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club
Greenbrier Jr. High School EAST Program
Helton's Wrecker and Service
Hendrix Physic Department - Dr. Todd Tinsley
Ida Burn's Scat Cat Choir
Jim Woods: CHS Career Center, Welding Class
Sinco: Parker Spradlin
Steve Martin
Dr. Stephen Addison: UCA Dean of College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Dr. Todd Tinsley: Hendrix Professor of Physics
 

ECO Smart HOMES, BUSINESSES and Cities

Purpose: Discover practical ways to save money and resources; gain a better understanding of the important role of Urban Planning and environmental sustainable communities. In this section, you will learn about some great tips and solutions; topics include; paints; lighting; insulation; electronics; heating/cooling; windows; building materials; outdoor yard chemicals; do-it-yourself projects; and more.Whether you are planning to build a new home or business, remodel, purchase a home, or just want to learn more ways to make your home and environment a little greener, this is can be a very helpful section to visit. Talk to the experts about the FREE energy audits, how to winterize on a budget ... projects to save energy and money, and increase the value of your home. Explore, consider, or even compare products. 

Topics associated with Green Homes/Businesses and Cities will also be represented in almost every section at EcoFest, because the choices we make in our every day lives, impacts so many aspects of our environment (and sections at EcoFest).  

 
2016 ECO-SMART HOMES, BUSINESSES AND CITIES
City of Conway Planning
Conway Block
Eco-Smart Home model
Home Depot
Lake Conway Watershed
Lumenz Design
Premier Windows 
Stormy the Fish - Residential Education
Vilonia Engineering
UACCM 
 

 

education

Purpose:   Education is incorporated into everything at the Conway EcoFest

Our goal is to make learning more about our environment fun and interactive. As  you move around section to section,  be sure to look for the inter-connections within our environment  as well as the connections to your daily lives. 

Don't miss the many expanded sections with broad information including the new EnviroMaze: the Ultimate Eco Challenge-Phase I Science and Tech's Innovation Alley will focus on up and coming technology, and how it could be used in our environment; learn about many ways to integrate your area of interest into careers. Hendrix, CBC, UCA, UACCM,  high school EAST Programs will all be represented at the Conway  EcoFest.

Families can also learn more about the new  Nature Cat show and other environmental shows including the  Web-based interactive program from AETN/PBS Kids. [ http://pbskids.org/plumlanding/ ] PLUM LANDING, is a cross-platform, digital adventure designed to engage 6- to 9-year olds in environmental science by using animated and live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and an interactive mobile apps. “PLUM LANDING" is a unique experience in the digital universe, designed to help kids develop a love for, and connection to, this amazing, beautiful, diverse and dramatic planet we call home.

  EDUCATION      
AETN
Central Baptist College
Conway High School
Greenbrier Junior High
Greenbrier High School
Faulkner County Library
Hendrix Neuroscience
Hendrix - Chemistry
Hendrix - Biology 
UCA - Biology
UCA - Chemistry
UCA  Geography
UCA - Nutritional Sciences
 
 
 
 

ENERGY;    also see -SCIENCE, STEM AND INNOVATION ALLEY

 
 
 
Purpose
 
 
Features:
 
 
 
 

ENERGY; also see SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,  AND THE NEW INNOVATION ALLEY  

Arkansas Renewable Energy Association  (AREA)  
Energy Comparisons
Gavin Teaque - Solar Source Power- converted TV!
Stellar Sun
 
 
 
 

ENTERTAINMENT and Food

Features: Bring your lawn chairs, appetite and friends to enjoy major lunch treats, music, exploration and fun!

 

2016 ENTERTAINMENT and FOOD!
John Williams - EcoFest Emcee, Singer/Entertainer
Blayk Puckett - Magician
Community Connections- music
Conway Full Moon  Drum Circle
Earth Bone Acoustic
Fat Soul -Musicians
Ida Burns Scat Cat Choir
The Boomers - Musicians

FOOD 

Dream Cart

Fae’s BBQ

Green Cart Deli

Kona Ice
La Rancherita
Naked Hippy Brew
Street Fare
The Locals


health

NOTE:  Prescription Drugs Take-Back program, and the Eye Glasses collection will be collected in this section, too!

This growing section will amaze and fascinate you!  

Just like the movie, INSIDE OUT, you have an opportunity to walk through a large inflatable brain, and even explore ways in which our brains can be impacted by our environment!  

Purpose:

This section will look at how health is related to health issues, and  some of the ways our environment impacts our health, and how we impact our environment. 

It allows you to learn more about Conway's program to control mosquitos, and to explore the impact of all types of tabacco products including E-cigarettes, to explore connections between conway and the Rainforest; explore issues surrounding food supply and what we do/don't do on a regular basis that can impact the quality of our water and food sources; 

Exhibits include information on healthy homes (what can trigger respiratory ailments around the home); nutrition vs costs analysis; Medicinal uses of the RainForest and other plants;  farm and food related information; vison protection with a collection station for eye glasses, and more. 

SCREENINGs

Eyes: The Conway Noon Lions will be conducting eye screenings for those 6 months through 16 years of age.

Skin: Conway Regional Medical Center and Oncology will allow visitors to view their skin and explore ways to prevent sun damage. 

A PRESCRIPTION DRUG  "Take Back" collection will take place; other exhibits will include  related issues such as  looking at preventative measures to reduce needed medicines, including fun activities programs and how our environment encourages or discourages this; the possible impact of improper disposal of drugs and other items on our water and food sources; and more. 

 
2016 HEALTH
Arkansas AcroYoga 
 Chenal Family Therapy of Conway
Conway Noon Lions Club - Eye screenings for those 6 months through 16 years
Conway Police Dept.: Drug Takeback Program and collection
Conway Regional Medical Center Emergency Department - Stroke Prevention
Conway Regional Medical Center Oncology - Sun Damage Assessment
DeBlack's Eye Care Center (Protection and Prevention)
Eye glass recycling collection box
Hendrix College - Neuroscience Club
Lifeway Internation
Prescription Drug Take Back Program , Collection
Seafood: Healthiest fish to buy/sustainable fishing

UAMS Department of Pharmacy
UAMS Environmental Occupational Health Department
UCA Nutrition and Dietetics
Vector Disease Control, Int (Conway's Mosquito/Zika Program)

 

kite making

 

 

Features:  FREE kite-making for kids while they last (make and fly them while you are at the park!). Visitors are welcome to bring their own kites from home, too!

 

 

 
2016  KITE BUILDING 
Kids, build and fly a kite with us!

Conway High School Key Club
 
 

MARKETPLACE 

Features: A much larger area, so come prepared to find great information and treasures on many Eco-friendly products! A pumpkin patch area for fun photo ops!

2016 MARKETPLACE VENDORS
Almosta Ranch Apiary (Gregory's)
Birth-By-Design    
Cedar Rock Acres
Conway Farmers Market at Antioch on Amity Rd.

Conway  Farmers Market on Front St.
Created 4 U
Custom Barbie and American Girl clothes by Marsha
Elizabeth Hayden Photography
Face painting by Justin
Goodsoils Agroforestry
Hammock Outfitter
Heather Cordarro
Hope Art
Independent Living Services
Jeanetta Darley
Jimmie Grissom
Loving Holistic Living
Maria's Homemade Country Fare
Master Naturalist 
Mayce Makings
Microfiber Cloths
Pickles Gap Wellness Center
Preston Palmer Studios
Raiz Apparel
Reiny's Hobby Farm
"Scratch"
Sol Sisters Emporium
Storybook Farm    
Su She Natural Fibers and Imports
TerraSential Health - doTERRA
The River is Calling
The Urban Food Loop
USBornne books and more: Star Green
Whispering Willow Farm
 
 
 

 

 

NATURAL RESOURCES AND PETS 

 

Purpose: Discover ways that we interact with our environment...(sometimes without even knowing it). Get involved in the “Water Works” area that explores many aspects of water issues, including what you can do to preserve the quality of water, watersheds, Lake Conway Watershed project, plus ground water and surface water models.   Learn about many forestry issues including Firewise homes;  Leave-No- Trace Campsites (how to enjoy your camping trip without negatively affecting your favorite spot!).   The interactive cave and the large Ark. Game and Fish Aquarium will return this year. Native plants and the importance of the Jewel E. Moore preserve at UCA will also be there.  The Museum of Discovery will be returning with it great BUG display ... both big and little bugs!! Other animal highlights include goats and other animals to pet, and Alpaccas. Also included are, wildlife identification and habitat issues, as well as domestic animals. Arkanpaws will have pets for adoption.  Owls and Raptors from the Raptor Rehab center will return to the Natural Resource section this year! 

 

PLEASE NOTE; FOR THE SAFETY OF VISITORS AND EXHIBIT ANIMALS, WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT BRING PETS TO THIS EVENT. THANK YOU!

2016 NATURAL RESOURCES AND ANIMALS EXHIBITORS
Animals will be part of this Natural Resource section
ArkanPaws
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality- Habitat
Arkansas Forestry Commission 
Arkansas Forestry Fire Wise program
Arkansas Geological Survey
Aya Murata and students: Japan Outreach
City of Conway Animal Welfare Unit - Adoption Trailer-pets up for adoption
Conway High School - AP Biology
Conway High School - Environmental Sciences
Hendrix Biological Society
Humane Society of the US (Wildlife)
Master Naturalist
Museum of Discovery (Huge BugFest bugs)
Museum of Discovery (Tinkering with Legos - Habitat)
Nature Conservancy
Raptor Rehab program - Rodney Paul
Redwood Forest
Sweet Clover Alpacas
U of A Division of Agriculture - 4H
UCA American Fisheries
UCA Biology Club
UCA Biology andJewel E. Moore Nature Reserve
UCA Fisheries and  Wildlife Society
UCA Geography Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office)
U.S. Geological Survey
Woolly Hollow State Park
 
 
 


 

PETS

Located in the Natural Resources/animal habitat areas

Features: This area will  have pet adoptions  from the Conway Animal Shelter and Arkanpaws, as well as exploring many issues that surround keeping our pets safe such as: chemicals we put on our lawns, toxic plants, auto fluids, litter and polluted water (that our animals including fish and food sources drink)

Arkanpaws rescue organization will address issues including local rescue programs, animals bites, staying safe around stray animals, breeding with displaced coyotes,  pet responsibility,  spay/nueter, and more.  Donations of dog food will gladly be accepted.

Owls and Raptors from the Raptor Rehab center will return to the Natural Resource area. (Check out their new website at www.rrca-raptors.org)

Alpacas, snakes, alligators, many animals to see and learn about!

IMPORTANT NOTE: EcoFest recognizes that pets are important to our lives and appreciates that pets are part of the family, however, we ask that you do not bring pets to this event for the safety of other visitors and exhibit animals.  THANK YOU!

2016   PETS
Arkanpaws

City of Conway Animal Welfare Unit's Pet Adoption Trailer

Raptor Rehab
Sweet Clover Alpaca

 

 

RECYCLING

Purpose: Experience the Recycling Maze and the Lorax, and while there,  talk with experts about all aspects of Waste: Including Recycling; the difference between the 3Rs and the 3 Arrows; what is recyclable (including glass, motor oil, paints, styrofoam, and tires; where you can recycle within our county, and how to get involved. Experience  making items from reused materials,  and much more. Visitors can explore and learn more about litter issues, landfills vs illegal dumps, cost savings to businesses, and much more!

 


2016 RECYCLING, LITTER AND WASTE
AETN: Programs and recycling project
Chris Kuhlman - Toxicologist
Alicia Neppl and Adam Robinson: Conway Recycling Program
Faulkner County Girl Scout Troops
City of Conway Sanitation and Recycling
Faulkner County Solid Waste Management District
Faulkner County Girl Scouts: Cheryl Dierderlin, Karen Ferrer, Barbie
Keep Arkansas Beautiful (Mark Elrod)
Landfill and Litter Issues
The Lorax
Recyclables - Glass, Paint, Styrofoam
Recycling Maze
Regional Waste Tires Division
St. Joseph High School, Interact Club
Laura Traffanstedt - Coordinator
Faulkner County Girl Scouts will share several projects and help you enjoy this great sectionl!
 





SCIENCE & TECH: innovation alley  (ALSO SEE ENERGY)     

                                                    Purpose
 
                                                    Features:

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS  (STEM)  AND THE NEW INNOVATION ALLEY  

Arkansas Renewable Energy Association    
Best Buy (charging Station for vendors, too)
Conway Dream Cart: ILS Supported Employment
Central Baptist College Science Department
Dan Newbie
Dream Cart (ILS Solar Ice Cream Cart)
Gavin Teague
Greenbrier Jr. High School EAST Program
Greenbrier High School EAST Program
Hendrix Biological Society
Hendrix College American Chemical Society Students (make slime and more)
Mid-America Museum - Hot Springs
Sky Dome Project: Check out the sun through huge telescopes!
Stellar Sun
UCA American Chemical Society
UCA Society of Physics Students
and other surprises!
 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION


Purpose: Explore the many advances made by our community (green space, Biking and pedestrian trails and parks);  look at the safety issues concerning our children and how it connects to health issues; learn the environmental benefits to roundabouts, and how to drive them;  and about park and ride programs; 

View some of the top fuel-effecient cars in the conway area; and even learn tips to improve gas mileage and make your older car last a bit longer, disposal issues for auto fluids and vehicles! 

2016 TRANSPORTATION 

Great alternative Fuel vehicles show, including propane, plug-ins, Biodiesel, electric, hybrids, a motorcycle, lawnmower, cars, trucks and buses!!

 

Arkansas Clean Cities Coalition (participates with Ark Energy Office)

Caldwell Toyota, Conway

Car Show:  with many alternative energy vehicles (Ark Clean Cities)
Car Talk Quiz to help raise awareness for gas savings

Conway Advocates for Bicycling (CAB)

Conway Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board   

Roundabout: learn to drive them

Smith Ford, Conway

Transportation Routes in your area of town

ATV safety Tips

 

 

 

USFWS Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office

 

 

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