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Sound Rivers wows at museum/expo

Education, Environmental, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on February 8th, 2024

Sound Rivers’ Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman and Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz helped the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences — A Time for Science celebrate its grand reopening in the Cupola Building in downtown Greenvillle last Saturday.

According to Katey and Emily, the science expo held in conjunction with the reopening drew a large crowd.

“There was a huge turnout at the museum’s grand reopening, so we were able to talk with a ton of people from the Greenville area,” Emily said. “One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to see kids get excited about science and the environment, which is what A Time for Science is all about!”

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman explains why certain samples glow under a blacklight to Expo visitors.

Katey and Emily brought sampling supplies to show visitors what different water samples look like under the blacklight. While some samples had low levels of E. coli and didn’t glow very much, others had high levels of E. coli and glowed bright blue, which gave them the opportunity to talk about what can cause high levels of bacteria in our waterways and what everyone can do to help. 

“When the kids were looking at the samples, you could see the wheels turning in their heads, taking it all in,” Emily said.

“There was a lot of excitement from the younger children who were there, which was great to see,” Katey added.

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Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz shows off the Sound Rivers table while Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman talks science.

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