Upon first entering VINS, visitors had an opportunity to decorate a prayer flag. Flags flew in the breeze showing hopes and dreams of the Earth, what they love about it and its beauty. Each person had a unique vision of what to add to their flag, but each represented something special about the Earth and what Earth Day means to them.
At the Water Quality Station, visitors were able to test samples of local water for pH levels, dissolved oxygen, phosphates, and nitrates. One family from New York that owns a dairy farm was talking about why it is so important to not spray manure close to streams and ponds. Many visitors that day found out some great information on what makes water “healthy” and just how something like manure can adversely change the quality of the water.
At the Solar Station, visitors learned how solar panels worked and how they collect energy. They also got to see how the changes in the light can affect the amount of energy that is produced – especially how a cloudy day can affect small solar panels from collecting sunlight.
The Adaptations Game allowed visitors to test their skills and see what types of animal adaptations allowed them to “survive”. From hopping on one foot to walking backwards, people were able to see that not all traits may help each animal be successful.
By, Michelle Amato