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Fair Park ‘habitat’ for Nature Fest

Music, info, ‘hands-on’ activities through day


From left young (and younger) archaeologists Kaylee Murphy, Shyla Murphy and William Murphy dig for artifacts. From left young (and younger) archaeologists Kaylee Murphy, Shyla Murphy and William Murphy dig for artifacts. Nature ruled Saturday morning and afternoon at Rockdale’s Fair Park.

The fifth annual Nature Fest, sponsored by the El Camino Real chapter of Master Naturalists had a little for everyone.

Bill Oliver, the “Environmental Troubadour,” and his sidekicks, the Otter Space Band, were on hand. On Friday, Oliver also visited Rockdale Intermediate School and gave a concert at the park.

For the second straight year teen Ben Shraeder of Austin brought his Invasive Hunter Academy to the park.

There was much more, including speakers, hands-on activities, exhibits on crawdads, birds and butterflies, fishing, crafts and fun.

Alcoa gave away trees, Milam Lions Clubs conducted kids eye screening and Rising Star Baptist Church provided info about its Garden of Hope food projects.


Fifteen-year-old ‘Commander Ben’ Shraeder brought his Invasive Hunter Academy to Fair Park again. Butterfly enthusiast Debbi Harris (R) enjoyed her role as educator. Fifteen-year-old ‘Commander Ben’ Shraeder brought his Invasive Hunter Academy to Fair Park again. Butterfly enthusiast Debbi Harris (R) enjoyed her role as educator. Rockdale ISD iTigers volunteers assisted with the Nature Fest throughout the day





‘Hands-on’ activity included critters’ skulls. Nature Fest Headiner Bill Oliver, the Environmental Troubadour. ‘Hands-on’ activity included critters’ skulls. Nature Fest Headiner Bill Oliver, the Environmental Troubadour.


What are they looking at in the buckets? Some big ol’ Texas crawdads, some of whom acted like they wanted to crawl right out in search of a nice hot bath with some red pepper and Cajun spices. What are they looking at in the buckets? Some big ol’ Texas crawdads, some of whom acted like they wanted to crawl right out in search of a nice hot bath with some red pepper and Cajun spices.

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