Environmental Expo Gives Hands-On Approach on Importance of Preserving the Environment

Danville,VA-- With this week being National Environmental Education Week, one group on the Southside wants share their love for the outdoors. The Dan River Basin Association held their 7th annual Environmental Expo at Philpott Lake on Saturday. Several organizations were on-hand to show people what's in the environment. There were several animals walking around and the opportunity to take pictures with huge reptiles. The goal? To show people the importance of preserving our environment. Bugs and big reptiles- two things that usually have a bad connotation. But the Dan River Basin Association is on a mission to teach people why some things that we're are afraid of-- are actually not that bad and all have a role in our ecosystem. "Some people are afraid to go outside, mostly because they don't know what they're going to fund. By coming to an event like today, they can learn more about what is outdoors." said Tiffany Hayworth, Executive Director of Dan River Basin Association. Several organizations were on-hand taking about the importance of caring for the environment. "The environment plays such an important role and it's all really tied together. From the animals that are here to people selling plants, it all really ties together, we really do need to preserve out environment," said Chase Inman, coordinator of the Environmental Expo. And organizers said the best way to do that is to educate the young ones. "If they get excited about it, when they're little , when they become adults, they love it even more and then they'll get excited about protecting it," said Krista Hodges, Education Outreach Coordinator of Dan River Basin Association. And they said what better way to teach them about the outdoors than letting them touch it. One group brought in several huge reptiles. "It's so much fun to be able to watch a little child come up that's seen something on TV, and they're now getting to see it in person,and it's like woah... being able to see the excitement that the kids have," said Chad Griffin, owner of CCSB Reptile Rescue. ,"We have stuff about water quality. Especially kids, they get really excited about the bugs that are in the water, and hopefully they get excited about the bugs, later they'll want to protect out rivers and streams," said Hodges. Organizers said the event keeps getting bigger every year.They had around 200 people.