Enhancing knowledge about water resources and education through our Water Fest program.
Oka’ hosts this event to promote awareness and responsible water practices. Nearly 400 fifth-graders from school districts in Pontotoc County converge on the plaza, in front of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center on the ECU campus. The event engages students in hands-on water-related activities and visual demonstrations. Some of the activities include geoprobe sampling and well installation, surface water invertebrate beasts and wetland plants. Also, they will learn what an aquifer is, and a demonstration will be held to show how water flows through various types of rocks and sediments and the importance of every drop counting. Agencies and organizations providing learning experiences for the event include Blue Thumb, the city of Ada, the Chickasaw Nation, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, South Central Climate Science Center, Pontotoc County OSU Extension, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Robert S. Kerr Environmental Resources Center (also known as the Kerr Lab) and the Oka’ Institute.