In August 2001, the Kentucky State Fair will present 2001: A Water Odyssey, an all-new approach to the Fair's educational program. Fairgoers will be able to look forward to a fun and exciting mixture of history and science through this program.
Visitors to A Water Odyssey will navigate a giant living stream to various stations of discovery about Kentucky's rivers and streams, learning about how waterways impact our history, culture, ecology, economy, recreation, and health. Interactive exhibitions and Learning Lab programs will enable visitors of all ages to explore Kentucky history and geography, aquatic biology, water quality; the many ways we use water, and the state's most fascinating water environments, such as wetlands and underground streams. And everyone will learn more about their very own watershed and how to protect it! Student artworks, essays, and class projects will be featured throughout the exhibition. From encountering cool aquatic wildlife to scientifically testing water samples, this exhibition is certain to make a big splash!
2001: A Water Odyssey will complement the theme for the annual Conservation Writing & Art contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Companies, The Courier-Journal, and the Kentucky Soil Conservation Districts. A visit to the exhibit will be a great preparation for these competitions.
Self-guided tours based on grade-specific printed handouts are available for school groups planning a visit to the State Fair. Exhibition staff and volunteers will be on hand to work with students and to provide unique participatory experiences. Extensive, multidisciplinary curriculum materials will be available in advance to all teachers booking tours. All group tours must be booked, in advance. To request a booking form, call (502) 367-5209 or e-mail KFEC.Intern@mail.state.ky.us. School group tour bookings will be confirmed, and group sponsors will receive information to ensure an organized and successful visit to the State Fair.
4-H Clubs, Scouting Troops, FFA, Environmental Clubs and other organizations are also encouraged to tour the exhibit. Students and members of these clubs may be interested in submitting essays, artwork, and project displays for the program. A panel will review all entries for accuracy and suitability. Students' works may be included in the 2001 State Fair exhibition exploring water in Kentucky; others may be included in the exhibition-related materials or publications. Works prepared for portfolios or as part of group-generated performance events are encouraged. For further information about art & essay entries or class/group projects, please contact: Stephanie Darst (502) 228-8760 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Prepared by Jenny Cocanougher, Extension Associate for Environmental and Natural Resource Issues