Crossroads Celebrates Beginning of Fall with WaterFest

Mark your calendars for September 15. Crossroads at Big Creek, in partnership with Sustain Door County, will host WaterFest. The festival runs from 1 pm – 5 pm, and celebrates all things water-related. Crossroads has been big in Celebrating Water throughout the summer, and this is the big event to top it all off.

Participants in the fest can enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, kids activities and more. Lee Murdock will be in attendance performing “Songs of the Great Lakes.” Programs include topics on aquatic insects, wetlands, composting, owls, and more. Activities include hydrology demonstrations, fish printing, a water table, small boat pools for kids, and more.

Photo by Jeff Miller.

A feature of the festival is a talk by Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, the professor of Chemistry at UW-Madison. In his bio on the UW website it states, “Shakhashiri is a noted chemistry and science educator. He is probably best known for his leadership in national science policy, promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry…[he] has given more than 1,400 invited lectures and presentations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and South America.”

Shakhashiri has been award the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding in Science (2013), the Friend of Education Award from the WI Department of Public Instruction (2013), the Van Hise Outreach Award (2011), the National Science Board Public Service Award (2007), and was Fellow from American Chemical Society (2010). He will present on “The Science of Water.” This presentation is sponsored by the Healthy Water (Fund of the Door County Community Foundation).

WaterFest is still adding topics, activities, and speakers. Watch the news for more information and additions to the day-long program.

Dewy the Droplet. Photo by Grace Johnson.

As a part of Celebrate Water, make sure to stop and take a picture with Dewy the Droplet, our official mascot! He will roam the grounds to say “Hello” to the event goers.

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