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Science & Education Zone - Interactive Activities for All Ages

Only the hardiest plants and animals survive among Texas hills and prairies.  Count yourself among them, and come home to celebrate your local prairie at Prairie Fest on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Play the Prairie Passengers Passport Game at Prairie Fest

Play the Prairie Passengers Passport Game! Collect 7 clues and 7 ink stamps to solve a haiku puzzle.  Enter to win a week of overnight summer camp donated by YMCA Camp Carter.  A winner of this $600-value grand prize will be drawn at 6 pm.

Hike the Hills with Prairie Stewards

The Home Sweet Home Hike celebrates community:  the plants, animals and stewards of Tandy Hills.  This story driven hike for all ages runs from 11 am through 4 pm.  Preregister your group for this free hike at PrairieKeepers.org or sign up at our Prairie Fest booth. 

FWISD graduates of FOTHNA's Kids on the Prairie program and 6-12th grade students from the Botanic Research Institute of Texas' Green Revolution program will assist hike leaders.   Don't miss this chance to hike with current and future prairie stewards! 

Hike with the experts from Cross Timbers Connection and Cross Timbers Master Naturalists

Frogs, toads, snakes, lizards and turtles are all herps.  Cross Timbers Connection will lead groups on free hikes in search of these amazing animals.  Wildflower hikes led by the best prairie interpreters in the metroplex are free all day, too!


Storytellers

We're honored to have two storyteller groups at Prairie Fest this year.

 Storytelling opens us up to understanding the connections we have with others around our wonderful globe.  Discover this new world with Twice Upon a Time Dallas storytellers Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson.  Traveling from preschools to prisons, Twice Upon a Time Storytellers have been sharing their tales together since 1999. Gene and Peggy's presentations blend this ancient oral tradition with personal narrative, science, history, modern nuance, cultural diversity and sometimes a soupcon of silliness to allow audiences to see the world in many new and imaginative ways. They'll spin tales from our new outdoor classroom.

Tipi Tellers 

Performing in the Tipi in the Prairie Circle

Tipi Tellers also join us again this year.  Telling Earth stories that teach listeners of all ages how to appreciate the earth, and how to help preserve its natural resources, their stories come not only from the Native Americans, but from all cultures to develop a curiosity about nature. 


Interactive Activities for All Ages

Face Painting by the Madam Strangelove Emporium 

Boy Scout Rope Bridge and Prairie Seed Balls

Make yourself a free Wooden Cookie Name tags