Hatchery hosts ‘longest day of play’
With the season officially changing from spring to summer, the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (WCNFH) held their “Longest Day of Play” event last Saturday that was free for all children. In a press release from WCNFH, they said that their goal for the event was to “celebrate nature and promote physical activity among our youth.” WCNFH Environmental Education Specialist Moria Painter said that the event is an international event held to celebrate the longer days that accompany the summer season.
For practical purposes, the Fish Hatchery held their event last Saturday instead. Painter said this is the first time in several years that the event has been held at WCNFH and said that she believes it was a successful event. “The Fish Hatchery was a great venue,” Painter said. “We had a wonderful turnout.”
Approximately 200 people, nearly half of which were children, came to the Fish Hatchery Saturday morning and participated in a variety of events. Children were allowed to choose from a wide variety of activities, including Animal Olympics (where children mimicked animal noises), Rainbow Trout fishing, interacting with live animals, and much more.
In addition to the games and activities, there were several prize drawings for the children who participated in each event throughout the day. At each event, participants received a stamp and those who had a stamp for each event were entered into a raffle at the end of the day.
After the event ended at noon, children and parents were encouraged to participate in other activities regularly offered at the Fish Hatchery, such as the Nature Trails and the QUEST Adventure. Painter said that she attributes much of the success to the various community partners that helped put the event together.
Russell County Cooperative Extension Service, Cumberland Family Medical, Coventry Cares, Monticello Banking Company, Hospice of Lake Cumberland, US Army Corps of Engineers, 21st Century Community Learning Center, Partners in Prevention, Healthy Kids Clinic, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid collaborated with the Fish Hatchery for the event.
“Without our partners, this event wouldn’t have been as successful as it was,” Painter said. Painter said that she believes the event was a great success and that they can build off of that success to improve on the event next year. “We had several people ask about the event next year,” Painter said. “I think it turned out really well and we look forward to doing it again.”
For more information about the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, you can call 270-343-3797.
By Zac Oakes