DeSoto, Tate kids trek into enviro-fun at annual Field Day

Excuse me, do you have an alligator in that truck?” asked Kaley Cassey, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Sacred Heart School in Southaven. It was a natural question directed Wednesday to Deborah Waz, conservation educator with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, one some two-dozen exhibitors at the annual Conservation Field Day learning experience at Arkabutla Lake. Organized by the DeSoto County Soil and Water Conservation District, the two-day event ending Thursday at the Dub Patton Recreation Area was expected to draw more than 1,250 fifth-graders from schools across DeSoto and Tate counties.

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Homeschool Education Program

DeSoto County Greenways & Parks were host to a group of home 2014homeschool 2014homeschool2 schoolers at the ARK (Arkabutla Lake Rehab and Education Center). The group enjoyed a visit with Val Smith, Founder of Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation. Val and Natalie Bright, Greenways Event Coordinator, talked to the kids about the ARK trails, bird education, and also had a wildlife friend named Ruffus, a Screech Owl.

DeSoto Greenways Newsletter Fall 2014

DeSoto Greenways Newsletter Fall 2014 In this Issue: DeSoto County Gets Comprehensive Resources Plan 50 for the 50th - Wilderness Act Celebrates 50th anniversary Tips to Know Before You Develop Land Creative  Kids  Camp Mississippi's Adult Obesity Rate Tops 35% Kids Camp 2014

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Mid-South Greenprint releases Health Impact Assessment

Screenshot_5_15_13_8_37_AMMemphis, TN . – The Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability has released the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint.  The HIA provides the Mid-South region with recommendations for ensuring the final Greenprint plan has the greatest positive impact on public health throughout the region  The study and Executive Summary can be found on the web at Health Impact Assessment is typically used to enhance policies in non-health sectors, such as parks and recreation, transportation, land use planning, and economic and community development. HIA has evolved from the awareness that many projects, policies, and initiatives which have no explicit health goals nonetheless impact the health of the population, and as such, decisions regarding these actions should be informed about these potential health impacts in a constructive and actionable way.

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Creative Kids Camp

DeSoto County Greenways were one of several guest educators at this year’s Creative Kids Camp hosted by the DeSoto Arts Council in July. Located at the Banks House on West Commerce Street in Hernando, Larry Jarrett, Greenways Director and Natalie Bright, Greenways Event Coordinator, were on hand to talk to 40 jr artist about art in nature.

“Doing My Part One Step at a Time”

On June 9th-13th, “Doing My Part One Step at a Time” was this year’s theme to the first Kids Conservation Camp, hosted by DeSoto County Greenways & DeSoto County Soil and Water Conservation District. Arkabutla Lake was the setting for the week long camp that educated 52 campers in grades 1st-5th. With the hard work of 28 volunteers and support from the community the kids were able to learn about conservation in a fun and creative way each day. Official Eagle Fest Logo

Eagle Fest 2014

Save the Date! Eagle Fest 2014MS Wildlife Rehab logo Saturday, September 27, 2014 10am-5pm Arkabutla Lake/Dub Patton Area This fall will host Eagle Fest 2014, slated as a family friendly event to showcase one of our great natural resources - wildlife. The Fest will be held in a profoundly natural and scenic setting, showcasing a variety of interactive exhibits which will highlight imaginative ways to teach children (and adults) of all the fundamentals of caring for and enjoying nature.

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DeSoto Greenways Receives Tourism Development Grant for Eagle Fest

9009-1_MDA_MCE_logo-red-2014Jackson, MS- The Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division that DeSoto Greenways will receive a $3,500 tourism development grant to promote Eagle Fest this fall.

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