Har-Ber Village Museum In Grove, Okla., will host its second annual Ecology and Environment Day on August 9, 2014.
The Grand Lake region has considerable value as an environmental resource: it is a significant habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species and its shoreline serves an important function in the local ecology.
The event, which starts at 9:00 am and goes throughout the day, features multiple demonstrations and exhibits presented by individuals and organizations about the importance of protecting these natural resources and wildlife.
GRDA’s information booth will educate the public on water quality issues in Grand Lake and the hazards of zebra mussel populations.
The Oklahoma Conservation Department’s Blue Thumb Program will highlight efforts to protect water resources.
The Delaware County OSU Extension Services interactive Stream Trailer will allow visitors to see how water movement and erosion can affect the landscape as well as water quality.
The role of plants and animals in our environment will be explained through information booths, interactive demonstrations and talks throughout the day.
Representing the Cherokee Nation Environmental Program, Forester Katherine Boyden will present on ethnobiology and the relationship of plants and wildlife to the Cherokee people.
The Grand Lake Audubon Society will show the importance of protecting our natural resources and local birds.
Amanda Wiley of the Bernice State Park Nature Center will use live animals to show how wildlife plays an important part in the ecology of Grand Lake.
Shane Berry of Honey Creek Nursery will lead tours from the Picnic Pavilion to identify trees along Har-Ber Village’s Nature Trail and discuss their importance to our habitat.
The Grove Humane Society will be walking adoptable animals around the Village in the morning.
The Paddlefish Research Center will provide information on their work documenting the paddlefish in the lake and ensuring the population increases.
Page Belcher will represent the Oklahoma Dept of Conservation and Forestry.
And, Carol Savage will focus on the Cherokee Seed Program and Ethnobotany.
Jeffrey Curtis of Ameresco will construct and demonstrate a working solar energy collection system. Curtis will use this system to power his presentation and a few accessories. Information on off-grid and grid-tied applications, web resources, incentives, and rebates available to solar energy users will also be provided.
Recycling will be a recurring theme throughout the Village.
Jason White, Cherokee Nation Environmental Program, will assist families in crafting recycled materials into useful items like bows, bracelets and flowers.
Sadie Jenkins will be demonstrating a method of using plastic bottles to make decorative flowers and jewelry.
Visitors can make cards using paper pulp from recycled newspaper.
Har-Ber Village’s volunteers will demonstrate and/or discuss the process for several 19th century recycling practices: how old clothing can be recycled into beautiful woven rugs; grease and ashes can be turned into soap, and yard debris and kitchen scraps can be turned into rich soil additives for the garden.
Throughout the day Jeannie Wheatley, the Weaver at Har-Ber Village, will present demonstrations on processing flax plants into natural linen fiber and spinning that fiber into yarn.
Gary Taylor will have a display of stamps and covers related to ecology and the environment.
Flintknapper Vyrl Keeter will demonstrate his craft.
All activities are free with Har-Ber Village Museum admission. (Adults 14-62, $10; Seniors 63+, $7.50; students ages 6-13, $5; under 6, free. Family rate $30 for 2 adults and up to 5 students.) Ha-r-Ber Village is open daily, Monday through Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sundays, 12:30-6pm through November 15.