TOPEKA -- The Kansas Historical Society announced its 2010 History & Environmental Fair will be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15th.
Between 1,000 and 1,500 students from the area are expected to converge on the Historical Society to learn how nature and the environment have shaped our lives and how we, in turn, have impacted our environment.
This event is co-sponsored by the Shawnee County Conservation District and the Historical Society and is free and open to the public.
One of the highlights of this year’s fair is a visit from Dona Brown and her wild mustang, Desert Rose. Brown adopted Desert Rose from the federal Bureau of Land Management’s wild mustang and burro management program. Weather permitting, Desert Rose will greet and impress students with a few tricks. Brown will visit with students about the wild mustang adoption program and her experiences in adopting Desert Rose.
Students will also have opportunities to:
· Discover composting, tree recycling, and other environmentally-friendly demonstrations · Learn how Oregon Trail travelers used resources, how they planned their trips, and what they brought with them as they trekked across Kansas · Find out why buffalo were such an important resource and get a hands-on experience with buffalo hides, bones, bladders, and more · Explore activity and exhibit booths staffed by representatives from Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Department of Health & Environment, Keep America Beautiful, and the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library · Meet native Kansas animals
The fair, which is suitable for students generally in grades four through six, helps address Kansas science education standards for all grade levels. Visitors will also be able to tour the Kansas Museum of History at no charge during the fair.