Dragonfly Day at Rio Salado
02/23/2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Audience: Families/Children, Middle / High School, Young Adults (16-21)
Topic: Arts, Culture & Social Science, Sustainability & Earth Sciences
The Dragonfly Day event will be hosted at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area on February 23rd, 2013.
The event will draw the artistic and cultural communities of downtown Phoenix to the nearby restoration area in order to connect people with their local waterways and build a greater understanding of the importance of water resources in our arid climate. Families will be invited to join in expert-lead walks to the demonstration wetland where they can view dragonflies, participate in water-related activities, visit educational booths, and view artwork related to water.
Since the festival will be held on a Saturday, we would like to arrange for transportation to and from the Phoenix Public Market to improve the ability of visitors to attend the event. During the event, easy-to-use water quality test strips will be given out for participants to conduct their own water quality testing, further engaging them in the connection between the water in the rivers and the water that they use at home. They will also have the opportunity to take test strips home and test other neighborhood water sources and document the results for comparison. These test kits will measure basic parameters such as pH and hardness in order to teach people about salinity and alkalinity issues in the desert.