During the Patch Day Workshop, energetic Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in kindergarten through 5th grade earn the blue and white embroidered Partnering for Clean Streams Patch by participating in various water-related activities. Professionals who deal with water daily come to lead activities teaching children and their parents about how important water is in our daily lives. All of the sessions included hands on activities. The kids can sing about rain gardens, make worm bins, learn about the water cycle and their local rivers and explore how waste water is treated. They also learn about Storm Drain Marking and how to protect the water that enters the storm drain system. The event ends with a visualization of how little of the water on this planet is fresh water and how only a portion of the fresh water is drinkable. The participants of the Workshop are better stewards of our precious water resources. Parents comment “the kids loved it!” and others point out that “There was lots of information that the kids would not have otherwise come across.” We look forward to the 15th Annual Patch Day Workshop on Sunday, March 5th, 2017! Mark your calendars!
Thank you and congratulations to the 69 youth who participated in the 14th Annual Partnering for Clean Streams Youth Patch Day Workshop on Sunday, March 6th, 2016. Seven groups of energetic children from kindergarten through fifth grade earned the blue and white embroidered Partnering for Clean Streams patch by participating in our unique water education stations. Professionals from across northwest Ohio exposed the participants to different aspects of our water resource, such as the importance of storm drains, the connection between trees and rivers, the algae of Lake Erie, and the movement of different particles through the water cycle. More importantly, each station empowered the youth to become active stewards of our local environment with ways they can make a difference in the water quality of northwest Ohio’s rivers and beyond.
Many who participated in the Workshop are already excited to come back next year. One parent said, “The kids had a great time, I’ll bring more next year!” A favorite activity of many participants was the “Lake in a Bag” station where kids built their own miniature lake and learned what causes algae blooms. However, majority of the participants and parents said they enjoyed all the stations. We, as PCS, would like to extend a big thank you to all our participants and especially, our presenters and those involved in the planning process. These individuals include Cherie Blair, Andrea Beard, Jen Huber, Jamie Kochensparger, Cheryl Rice, Patrick Lawrence, Richard Kroeger, Jessica Wilbarger, Lauren Rush, and the ZOOTeens. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Workshop!
Thank you to everyone who registered for the Youth Patch Day Workshop!! The Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 5th 2017 from 1:30-4:30pm for children Kindergarten through 5th grade. The cost is $5.00. It will be held at the University of Toledo Student Union in the Ingman Room (#2520) with free parking. Check-in is at 1:00pm with the program starting promptly at 1:30pm. The Workshop is perfect for any child who loves water and wants to learn more about our local rivers, streams, and lakes. Patch Day offers youth the opportunity to explore exciting water conservation-related topics and learn how to make a difference in protecting our local waterways. Participants can fulfill requirements for various environmental merit badges or patch requirements. Among the usual hands-on activities on the water cycle, watersheds, and our local rivers, this year’s participants will also get to paint rain barrels as a part of the Toledo Rain Garden Initiative’s 10th Anniversary celebration! Return to this page for results and pictures from this year's Workshop.