Through our involvement with several organizations, lately there’s been no shortage of weekend activities. This Saturday, we participated in an Open House event at the Marine Science Consortium (MSC) on Wallops Island. Grenville represented the local Master Naturalists group of which he is an active member while I took photos which will be provided to several participating groups.
MSC is a non-profit environmental learning center and field station (officially called the Chincoteague Bay Field Station) that is supported by 13 member universities. Formed in 1968, it provides education and research in marine and environmental sciences through programs ranging from elementary to university levels and beyond. Its location on Virginia's Eastern Shore, between the Atlantic Ocean and ecologically important Chesapeake Bay provides a natural teaching classroom for the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
Exhibitors at the MSC Open House house included representatives of many area organizations such as Master Naturalists, SPARK (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Knowledge), Waste Watchers, National Park Service, Space Flight Academy, Ward Museum, and the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District.
Parents and children alike seemed to enjoy themselves as they were introduced to these organizations through the volunteer representatives, most of whom provided hand-on demos and activities that included painting, nature stamping, and examing various shells and insects up close and personal.
Unlike last weekend’s event, the 2013 Watershed Festival, which was held outdoors in often rainy weather, this event was held indoors and also included guest lectures as well, but the kids who attended had the most fun at the exhibits.
Speaking for Grenville and myself, fun stuff wins out every time on at least one day of the weekend
How was your weekend spent — chores, fun or some of both?