Erin Scott represented H2Ozarks at this year’s “Green Careers Expo” held on April 28 at the JB and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale, Arkansas. About 300 students in grades 6 through 9 came to the event to learn about the diverse career paths that can be found in the environmental sector.

“It was amazing to hear from these young kids about what they’re interested in. It’s impressive the amount of knowledge they already have, and it was fun to talk about how their interests can tie into environmental and water resources sustainability,” says Erin. “Critters” from a local stream provided a great “hook” to capture the kids’ attention. One of the bugs, a mayfly, (see picture) has gill flaps along the abdomen that fluttered in the water to “breath”. Organisms found in streams can be a valuable indicator of water quality. The event was a collaboration between the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation, the Arkansas Environmental Education Association, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.