Earth Day Family Day this Saturday

Earth day celebration 2013

Earth Day Family Day

Presented by Weslaco High School student volunteers

Student volunteers from Weslaco High School invite you to bring your family out to Frontera Audubon Sanctuary this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the earth through hands-on crafts and activities. The nature sanctuary is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco, and a $2 donation is requested per accompanying adult, and children and teens are free. Hot dogs will be served for lunch.

“The students want to bring awareness to the earth and the importance of taking care of the environment, while getting outdoors and learning about conservation in fun ways,” says Weslaco High School Science Teacher Craig Weart, who is helping the students coordinate the event.

He said activities include crafting unique bird feeders, creating a colorful butterfly, and about six other stations, including face painting. Students will also guide participants on a walk in the 15-acre Thicket forest.

“[The high school students] want to be of service, and be the teacher for once–to take that leadership role,” Weart says.

The activity also helps students gain service hours. According to Frontera Audubon’s executive director, Sarah Williams-Salazar, requests for service volunteer hours have increased in recent years.

“We get so many calls from students requesting volunteer opportunities to fulfill their club or school’s volunteer service requirements. Since we have a very small staff, it was becoming increasingly difficult to meet the demand, so we created scheduled volunteer service days,” she said.

The scheduled volunteer days are open to all high school or college students who need volunteer hours, and are set for the first and third Saturdays and the fourth Sunday of every month. Any high school students who need hours must call Frontera’s office to ensure an adult volunteer will be on hand to supervise on those days, Williams-Salazar said. The number is 956-968-3275.

“Several of the students participating in the Earth Day activities on Saturday have become regular volunteers at Frontera. It’s nice to see the awareness of and willingness to help the earth coming from Weslaco’s young people,” she said.

Frontera Audubon, the oldest environmental organization in the Rio Grande Valley, is located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. in Weslaco. Frontera Audubon’s 15-acre nature preserve is a haven for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife that thrive among its Tamaulipan Thornscrub habitat, orchard butterfly garden, wetlands, and ponds. Frontera Audubon also houses a Visitor’s Center and the Skaggs House, a Texas Historical Landmark, built in 1927.

The mission of Frontera Audubon is to preserve and promote the natural and historical environment for the education and enjoyment of the community. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The preserve is closed Mondays. For more information, call 956-968-3275 or email fronteraaudubon@gmail.com.

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