The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation hosted its third Outdoor and Science Expo on Saturday, drawing over 100 attendees throughout the morning. Despite the rainy weather, people from Austin, Salado, Belton and other cities throughout Texas came to participate in the event. The four-hour expo started around 9 a.m. at the Harker Heights Recreation Center and featured a variety of activities, raffles, presentations, and free gifts for attendees to take home with them.
The event was centered around the theme of the outdoors and science and provided an opportunity for the community to participate in educational material and pick up new hobbies or skills. Kailie Gomez, the outdoor programs coordinator for the HH Parks and Recreation said “We get to provide this opportunity to the community, they get to participate in the educational material, maybe pick up a new hobby, skill and join a new organization.”
Groups of children gathered around the mobile planetarium to catch one of the four shows while families and community members walked around to participate in different activities such as collecting seasonal flower seeds and gardening material from different groups. Attendees also took home their very own pinhole projector to see April’s total solar eclipse. The event provided something for people of all ages to do.
Mary Jameson, mother of 10-year-old Edward said “It is very fun so far; we just got here but definitely can’t wait to watch the planetarium.” Vendors at the event provided snacks, games, toys, educational books and pamphlets for onlookers excited to learn. Cassy Hill, park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Belton said “The interactions with kids are my favorite part; I think it’s extremely important to get that message out there to younger generation because those are ones that will be leading us in future.”