Exhibitors and volunteers help provide environmental education and awareness within our community.
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|
|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
|UCA Nutrition Students|
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|
|Dr. Stephen Addison: UCA Dean of College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Dr. Todd Tinsley: Hendrix Professor of Physics
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
|Eco-Smart Home model|
|Lake Conway Watershed|
|Stormy the Fish - Residential 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.
|Central Baptist College|
|Conway High School|
|Greenbrier Junior High|
|Greenbrier High School|
|Faulkner County Library
Hendrix - Chemistry
Hendrix - Biology
|UCA - Biology|
|UCA - Chemistry|
|UCA - Nutritional Sciences|
ENERGY; also see SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE NEW INNOVATION ALLEY
|Arkansas Renewable Energy Association (AREA)|
Gavin Teaque - Solar Source Power- converted TV!
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|
Green Cart Deli
|Naked Hippy Brew|
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!
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.
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.
| 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|
|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)|
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
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)
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
|Independent Living Services|
|Loving Holistic Living
Maria's Homemade Country Fare
Pickles Gap Wellness Center
|Preston Palmer Studios
Reiny's Hobby Farm
|Sol Sisters Emporium|
|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|
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|
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)|
|Museum of Discovery (Huge BugFest bugs)
Museum of Discovery (Tinkering with Legos - Habitat)
|Raptor Rehab program - Rodney Paul
|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|
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.
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!
City of Conway Animal Welfare Unit's Pet Adoption Trailer
|Sweet Clover Alpaca|
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|
|Recyclables - Glass, Paint, Styrofoam|
|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, 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|
|Dream Cart (ILS Solar Ice Cream Cart)
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!
UCA American Chemical Society
|UCA Society of Physics Students
and other surprises!
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!
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
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