WHERE WE BEGAN
EcoFest began in 2009 with community members working in partnership with the City of Conway to help residents better understand recycling and waste issues, and all their connections to health, natural resources, agriculture, transportation, economics, and more. The goal was to create an exciting, balanced (non-political), interactive, environmentally-focused educational event that allows visitors of all ages and interests to explore these connections, as well as the connections to their daily lives.
In 2011, Conway EcoFest became an official 501c3 nonprofit, and it continues to evolve and engage the public with its annual outdoor environmental festival where fun activities and environmental education meet!
Board members and other volunteers collaborate with individuals and organizations to bring together exhibitors, vendors, artists, and business owners who incorporate preservation, sustainability, and innovation practices that work to improve the environment. They also collaborate with municipalities, educators, STEAM groups, civic groups, museums, nonprofits, environmental professionals, and individuals to highlight their actions and connections in an interactive way that helps EcoFest visitors better understand how their daily lives and choices directly interact and impact the environment.
WHERE WE ARE HEADED
We are in the early stages of planning a 3-5 year strategy that will increase our visibility within the community on a quarterly basis. To grow the Festival into a multiple day event, perhaps full weekend. To work with the City in a meaningful way to support its efforts to improve the healthy growth of Conway and Central Arkansas. We are looking for supporters who are motivated and desire to be active with support of development and implementation of new initiatives as determined by the board.
Our mission is to enhance the health and vitality of our community through interactive environmental education, science, art and fun.
How we do this is to bring together professionals, conservationists, change makers, businesses, municipalities, artists and educators to help visitors better understand the connections among our environment, and to help grow awareness of their impact and connection to the environment in which we live, thus helping them to make more informed choices.