- Eco Splash!
Wednesday, April 16 2014 - Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join us this April vacation for “Eco Splash” as we celebrate Earth Week. You will be amazed as tons of sand are transformed into a spectacular sculpture by Sandtasia, the Sand Sculptures of the Ocean State, throughout the week. Use your creativity to create a sculpture of your own using scrap materials (see below); meet and be enthralled by some very cool rehabilitated raptors. Make your own bird feeder and plant a seedling to take home and grow; find out what’s fun about composting and the benefits of the humble red wiggler! Eco Splash will have you checking your carbon footprint and inspiring you to find new ways to help protect our ocean planet.
Activities occur daily except Easter Sunday, April 16-19 and 21-22, 10:00am - 3:00pm and are free with Aquarium admission or membership. Conservation Club members – be sure to stop by the Club table and pick up your Earth Day patch!
Live Birds of Prey Presentations
See live rehabilitated owls and hawks and learn about what makes them so majestic. We will have two presentations a day from 11:15-11:45 and 1:15-1:45 from April 16-22. *Note, no birds of prey presentations will be held on April 20.
4/16: Horizon Wings
4/17: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
4/18: Horizon Wings
4/19: Connecticut Audubon Society at Glastonbury
4/21: Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Scrap Art Sculpture Contest
Sculptures will be voted on during Eco Splash celebrations and the winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd, at 6:00pm. The winning artists will receive a trophy and Behind-the-Scenes tour. Art pieces must be registered at
prior to April 13 and abide by the following criteria:
- The contest is open to individuals and groups (up to 15 individuals) of all ages
- All scrap art sculptures must be marine themed
- The sculpture must consist of at least 75% reusable goods
- All reusable goods used in the sculpture must be cleaned prior to use
- Sculptures must not have any sharp edges
- Sculptures should be no larger than 30 inches long by 30 inches wide by 60 inches tall
- Sculptures should be no heavier than 25 pounds and must stand on its own
- All art submission must be dropped off between 9:00am - 5:00pm on April 15
Eco Splash Exhibitors:
4/16-19, 21, 22
- Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority (SCRRRA): Join us for a chance to spin a kids’ prize wheel. Check out how to make a fun bird feeder using a plastic bottle and get a kit to make one at home. Have you ever wondered how compost is made? See how composters work and discover how awesome worms are at turning garbage into dirt!
4/16, 17, 20, 21, and 22
- Valenti Auto Mall- Have you ever wanted to know more about green vehicles? Join us for a chance to see 3-5 different makes and models of green cars.
- Eesmarts, an energy learning program, will provide children and their parents’ ideas on how to conserve energy. Children can complete a hands-on activity and take home a reminder to help them save energy on Earth Day and every day.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service: Erosion and infiltration rates vary by soil type, slope, land use and management. This eye opening demonstration will show how dramatic those differences can be. “Rain” falls on five samples and water from runoff and infiltration is collected. The implications for the environment and our plantings are clear as mud! How do you evaluate the health of your soil? Try out some tests for infiltration, biological activity, and physical qualities; and get up close and personal with some macro flora!
- The Water Shed on Wheels (WoW Express): The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (NFWR) presents the Watershed on Wheels Express, the Wow Express, a mobile exhibit that represents the habitats and animals of the Connecticut River Watershed. Come and walk through the Immersion Trailer and experience the sights and sounds of the Watershed. Use the interactive kiosks and compare your hand grip (pressure per square inch) to eagle’s talons among many other things. Learn about the mission Silvio O. Conte NFWR and why it is important to manage the resources within the borders of the watershed.
- ecoRI News is going to change the way you think about trash. Many of us eat an apple and throw the core in the garbage, but we want you to think of that apple core as future dirt! Join us to see how composting magically transforms your food scraps into dirt that you can use in your garden to grow more food. Stop by to learn tips on how you can compost at home.
- The CRRA Trash Museum: Talk trash and how to make less with an educator from the CRRA Trash Museum. Try your skills at Recycle Match Game. Guess which container was recycled into a toothbrush! Guess which item was recycled from old paper money! And more! Reuse an empty cereal box to make a fancy bookmark or souvenir!
- Connecticut Sea Grant will show you how to “Do the Rot Thing”. Explore all things biodegradable, the three R’s (Reduce, Recycle, Reuse) and discover compost critters, particularly those wiggly beasties.
- University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners: Green Potting Project – more detail to follow.
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