This weekend, I made the trek to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the River City Water Festival. This FREE event (yes, I am advertising it for next year) hosts nearly all of West Michigan’s environmental groups: Blandford Nature Center, John Ball Zoo, Plaster Creek Stewards, the City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, Annis Water Resources Institute, Kent Conservation District, and much more. Each organization had a table with environmental activities; we painted water barrels, took home native wildflower seeds, and got to hold turtles!
Attention RISE students: this event is not only fun, but is also an awesome place to network. I got a summer job last year by simply going to this event and talking with people. The environmental community at the River City Water Festival is incredibly welcoming and inspiring. Most importantly, teaching children about sustainability and nature is raising the next generation of environmentalists. Share what you know. You might just inspire the next Naomi Klein or John Muir.