Kids Day on the River
Every year on the third Saturday in June, Friends of the Locust Fork River hosts Kids’ Day on the River (KDOR), a fun-filled, activity-packed, completely FREE day-long summertime event for children in grades 2-6 and their families, including a free lunch. Located on the banks of the beautiful Locust Fork River in Blount County, Alabama, KDOR gives kids hands-on experience with the river, while exploring its creatures, natural elements, and, of course, its water! FLFR has organized this event for 18 consecutive years. In 2008, KDOR received the BEEP Award (Best Environmental Education Programs) from the Environmental Education Association of Alabama.
Each year is bigger and better than the last. You don’t want to miss it!
For important details about the event, please read through our FAQs.
What really happens during KDOR? Here are descriptions from last year’s stations:
- Go with the Flow (Cahaba Environmental Center at Living River- Kim Hall, Mallory Pendleton, Shannon Moore) What in the world is a watershed, and why is it important? Find out by learning how land and water are interconnected.
- Snakes, Reptiles, and More (McDowell Environmental Nature Center- Big Dave Holloway) Have you ever petted a snake? Learn how snakes behave, how they are different from each other, and discover several other unique animals that live in the woods!
- A River of Colors (Jane Humber, Macey Luce, Debbie Delgado, artists) Learn to make beautiful artwork using materials found in and around the river as paints.
- The Big Haul (Sonya and Shane Humber, educators) How much water does it take to wash a load of clothes? To flush a toilet? To brush your teeth? Come find out how much water the average person really uses every day. (Hint: It’s a LOT!)
- Creepy Crawlies in the River (Chris Cleveland, educator) Identify bugs that live in the river, and learn what they tell us about the health of the river.
- AWWesome Creatures (Alabama Water Watch- Eric and Maria Reutebuch) Cool creek critters: what can they tell us?
- Beavers and Rivers (Jan Brown, Jacob Torres, Anne Miller, educators) How do beavers relate to a healthy watershed? Find out as you build your own beaver-like dam and see how they work!
- Can You Canoe? (Birmingham and Huntsville Canoe Clubs) Safety, Practice, and Play- learn to paddle a canoe or kayak in the river, under close supervision.
- Solar Power! (Daryl Bergquist, solar consultant) Learn how to measure your electricity usage, how to cook with a sun oven, and how to heat water with the sun!
- Home Sweet Home (Alabama Wildlife Center- Lauren Muncher) There’s no place like home… even for birds! Learn about the importance of a good habitat and channel your inner bird to create your own nest!
- Imagine the River (Jef Hodges, educator, and Zac Napier, Senior Naturalist at Turkey Creek) Hear the story of Jumping Mouse and other animals, then relax and imagine what life is like in and around the river.