The Oshkosh Zoological Society held its 5th annual Conservation Carnival at the Menominee Park Zoo on August 18, 2012. The weather was perfect and everyone had FUN!
The carnival promotes conservation of natural resources by recycling, reusing, and reducing waste.
Clean Boats, Clean Waters introduced guest to invasive species like the rusty crayfish. The Environmental Research and Innovation Center at UW Oshkosh informed guests about the new biodigester in Oshkosh, the first one of its kind in North America.
Kids tested compared their sprint speeds, and long jumps to elite animal athletes like the cheetah.
A water taste test showed people have a difficult time telling the difference between quality bottled water and city tap water.
In another part of the zoo, children painted a shed with animals and made pine cone bird feeders.
Children also entered a scavenger hunt for small animals. The child finding the most won an animal puzzle and stuffed animal, which was an otter, of course!
Grownups entered a free drawing for a rain barrel and a compost bin.
Each family left with a gift bag filled with conservation-themed books, coloring books, prairie flower seeds, and many other items.
The following companies and organizations gave generous donations of time, money and materials:
- Apple Blossom Books
- Art City Signs
- Domino's Pizza
- Environmental Research and Innovation Center at UW Oshkosh
- Fleet Farm
- Oshkosh Rotary Southwest
- Outagamie County Department of Solid Waste
- Prairie Nursery
- Wisconsin DNR
- Winnebago Lakes Council