Last week, the South Plains UWCD partnered with the Terry County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Ogallala Commons to host a Playa Festival. The event took place at Oak Grove Elementary in Brownfield.
The morning of the first day, 5th grade students and their teachers, were given a presentation about playas from Dr. David Haukos, from Texas Tech University. Other 5th grade students participated in a soil sample exercise presented by employees of the Brownfield NRCS.
Next, the students rotated through five presentations; Bird Identification, Playa Plants Identification, Amphibians & Macro-Invertebrate, Playa Raptors & Playa Lakes Buffers and Waterfowl Demonstration.
After lunch, the students were taken to a playa to learn first hand the type of plants and animals that live in or around playas and why playas are so important to the High Plains.
The second day of the festival, the students were given a presentation on watersheds and aquifers. They were then taken to Rick Lake, by Meadow, and were once again able to explore the great outdoors.
This is just a quick overview of the different activities that we participated in at the festival. The Sandy Land UWCD is hosting a festival today and tomorrow in Denver City. Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the South Plains UWCD will host a festival in Meadow. After all of the festivals are completed, I will update you on each presentation with more detail. Until then, enjoy the pictures below from the Playa Festival in Brownfield.