, Muskogee, OK

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April 25, 2014

Kids celebrate Cherokee Environmental Festival

About 250 elementary students and other participants practiced archery, saw live snakes and got free trees at the Cherokee Nation’s third annual Environmental Festival.

The festival, hosted by the tribe’s environmental programs department, promotes awareness on vital environmental issues such as recycling, water quality and land conversation, according to a media release.

About 40 agencies, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Oklahoma Scenic River Commission, set up information booths and had games and giveaways.

“We should never quit learning about environmental issues and new ways we can take care of the world we live in. I think the festival reinforces Cherokee Nation’s strong commitment to education and the environment,” said Ryan Callison, Cherokee Nation environmental programs director.

“It also provides a venue for environmentally conscious agencies to share their information with the public.”

The Oklahoma Scenic River Commission taught a lesson on “frogology” for students, sharing how frogs depend on a clean, rich environment to survive.

“We try to do as many community events as possible in order to reach so many students at one time,” said Cassandra Carter, education outreach coordinator for Oklahoma Scenic River Commission.

“I like to do hands-on activities with the children because they learn and maintain the information so much easier that way.”

Information: (918) 453-5009.

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