"The more that they enjoy something, the more likely they are to take care of it." Says Alan Brown from Sci-Port
Saturday morning a family- friendly event took place at Hamel's beach on the Red River--- it's the second annual Better Beach Bash.
"It's all about connecting with nature" says Stephanie Lusk.
The day began with a group effort to cleanup litter on the beach--The rest of the morning was filled with water playtime
"Sci-port is trilled to be associated with it" Brown says
The fun filed day was hosted by the Bayou to Bay Watershed Educational Project, River Rocks Life, The Rainforest Art Foundation and yes, Sci-Port
Sci-Port's senior programs manager adds, "We are a hands on Science center and you don't get a lot more hands on than when you're going out and picking up trash."
He says kids know water is fun, but his goal is to educate them on the importance of it
"Water is incredibly valuable, in a lot of the world it's very scarce."
Joel Rodgers' Stand Up: It's a joint venture that's not only cleaning up this beach and educating kids, but they're also taking bottles like this one and they're not throwing them away, they're putting them in a museum
"It's a recycled art project that's designed to get kids involved in the art before our museum even opens."
Rebekah White is with the RainForest Art Foundation - the museum that will open it's doors in downtown Shreveport this December
We have coloring sheets that the kids are going to color the fins of the fish and then we'll attach it to the bottles to make bottle fish
Then the bottle fish will be put on display
hopefully we'll finish it pretty soon and it will be exhibited in the museum when we have our Bayou to Bay exhibition.
Stephanie Lusk adds, "Our mission is appreciate nature through art."