The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation hosted its third Outdoor and Science Expo on Saturday, despite the rainy weather. Over 100 attendees gathered throughout the morning, with visitors coming from Austin, Salado, Belton, and other cities in Texas.
The event featured a variety of activities, including raffles, presentations, and free gifts for attendees to take home with them. All of the activities revolved around the theme of the outdoors and science.
During the event, Kailie Gomez, the outdoor programs coordinator for HH Parks and Recreation, spoke about the importance of providing opportunities for the community to learn and participate in educational material. “We get to provide this opportunity to the community,” she said. “They get to participate in educational material, maybe pick up a new hobby or skill and join a new organization.”
The four-hour expo started at 9 a.m. at the Harker Heights Recreation Center. Groups of children gathered around the mobile planetarium to catch one of the four shows while families and community members walked around to participate in various activities such as collecting seasonal flower seeds and gardening material from different groups, taking home their very own pinhole projector to see April’s total solar eclipse. The event provided activities for all ages.
“It is very fun so far,” said Mary Jameson, mother of 10-year-old Edward at the event. Vendors provided snacks, games toys educational books pamphlets for onlookers excited to learn more about science and nature during this expo.”The interactions with kids are my favorite part,” said Cassy Hill park ranger U S Army Corps Of Engineers Belton . “I think it’s extremely important to get message across future generations because they are going lead us in future”.