The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation hosted its third Harker Heights Outdoor and Science Expo on Saturday. Despite rainy weather, the expo drew over 100 attendees from various cities throughout Texas. The event featured a variety of different activities, raffles, presentations and even free gifts for attendees to take home with them, all surrounding the theme of the outdoors and science.
“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. ” said Kailie Gomez, the outdoor programs coordinator for the HH Parks and Recreation, during the event. The four-hour expo started around 9 a.m. at the Harker Heights Recreation Center.
Groups of children gathered around the mobile planetarium to catch one of the four shows, along with families and community members walking around to participate in the raffle, collect different seasonal flower seeds and gardening material from different groups, take home their very own pinhole projector — to see April’s total solar eclipse, and much more. The event gave people from all ages things to do.
Vendors at the event provided snacks, games, toys, educational books and pamphlets to onlookers excited to learn. “The interactions with the kids is my favorite part, I think it’s extremely important to get the message out there to the younger generation, because those are the ones that are going to be leading us in the future. ” said Cassy Hill, park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Belton.
“It is very fun so far, we just got here but definitely can’t wait to watch the planetarium.” said Mary Jameson, mother of 10-year-old Edward, at the event.