Signature event in Northwest Arkansas is Aug. 17
It’s all about family fun for Northwest Arkansas’ diverse community when folks arrive for Secchi Day Science Fair
on Beaver Lake. This free event is full of activities and games
that focus on ecology and water. The 14th annual event is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Prairie Creek Recreation Area on Beaver Lake, 9300 N. Park Road, a few miles east of Rogers off of Arkansas 12.
Secchi Day Science Fair is named for the Secchi disk, a black-and-white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. In the early part of the morning, citizen science volunteers, using their own boats, collect water samples and take Secchi disk readings.
Meanwhile, attendees can test drive a kayak, enter to win door prizes, make water testing devices to take home, make it rain on the watershed and see how water flows affect water quality in the lake. All ages enjoy this event, which is ideal for scout troops, families, budding scientists grades K-12 up to college students, retirees, lake residents and individuals from all over the area. About 550 people attend each year.
“My favorite part of the event is observing the interactions of children and adults with the education volunteers at more than 30 demonstration tables,” says Amy Wilson, director of public affairs for Beaver Water District, the water utility that originated the event. “The hands-on lakeshore activities focus on the importance of Beaver Lake to the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to door prizes and a grand prize kayak, we’ll have healthy snacks in the morning, followed by lunch (with vegetarian choices) and frozen treats. Beaver Water District is leading the way to ensure our community cares about Beaver Lake and values this beautiful natural resource. After all, it’s the drinking water for one in seven Arkansans.”