The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staffed a booth at the 2017 Monarch Festival in Minneapolis held in Lake Nakomis Naturalscape on Saturday September 9, 2017. More than 9,000 monarch lovers attended this fantastic event. NRCS had the opportunity to participate in this festival for the third year. The Monarch Festival or “Festival de la Monarca” it’s known for celebrating the Monarch butterfly 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico. The festival attracts conservation enthusiast interested in pollinators, native plants, wildlife habitats, soil, air and water.
“Festival de la Monarca”-Each year the Monarch Festival attracts a big number of conservation enthusiast. The majority of conservation enthusiast are Spanish speakers. The NRCS team delivered information in English and Spanish to reach any potential customer.
More than 500 visitors from different ages and ethnic backgrounds were reached by the NRCS Team. Each member of the team had the opportunity to educate the visitors about conservation and explain the important role of our agency to get conservation on the ground. The staff had the opportunity to provide educational pamphlets and brochures about NRCS mission, conservation programs, pollinators, soil health, water, native plants, earth team volunteers, career opportunities in the agency. Information was provided in English and Spanish since the majority of the enthusiasts were Spanish speakers.
A soil slake-test demonstration was carried out by staff. The NRCS staffs explained how the slaking occurs and which conservation practices reduce the slaking such as Residue and Tillage management, No-Till or Cover Crops. Adults and kids were fascinated with the demonstration and help them realized the importance of protecting the environment. Kids were very excited about receiving a Sammy Soil coloring book, I love soil sticker and learning about the different pollinators such as bees, butterflies, bats and beetles. High school and College students were also reached with information about earth team volunteers and career opportunity’s with the Agency.
It was truly a great opportunity to participate in this educational festival. The information exchange between the visitors and the staff was amazing. There was a huge interest about conservation in many aspects and the NRCS team was compromised to educate. Education is an important tool to give our land a better future through conservation.
A special Thank You to: JASON ROTH (State Water Management Engineer), LESLIE DIAZ- ALVAREZ (Soil Conservationist), JOEL ALICEA-HERNANDEZ (Soil Conservationist) , KEITH FELICIANO-CORTES (Soil Conservationist), RODNEY AARON (Civil engineering tech) & THOMAS PETERSEN (Urban Conservationist).