Lone Star College-Montgomery, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Beautification Association, will host “Spring Fling: Celebrating Nature in our Community” at the college on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A full range of family-friendly activities is slated, including hands-on learning exhibits, inflatable games, arts & crafts, tree giveaway, music, food and more.
The free communitywide event is held annually to celebrate all aspects of nature, and this year’s emphasis in on birds, according to Linda Corbin, director of facilities at Lone Star College-Montgomery and co-coordinator of the event. A variety of community partners concerned with preservation of natural resources will feature educational exhibits. This includes the Texas Cooperative Extension, Junior Master Gardener Program, and Montgomery County Master Gardener’s Tree Education Program and Tree Giveaway. Also present will be the Texas Forest Service, the Houston Bonsai Society, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Additionally, the college’s office of student activities and a variety of student organizations participate in the event.
Youth and adult volunteers will offer school-age children a variety of environmental science-based activities, including: "critter" habitat exploration, birdhouse building, recycled papermaking, tree necklaces, and free pictures with Smokey the Bear, Buzz the Bee, and Sparky the Firedog.
Other activities include hay rides, face painting, a petting zoo, inflatable games, and more. Some refreshments will be provided free for attendees, while other items will be available at low cost.
An opening ceremony at 9 a.m. will feature the reading of a proclamation from the Governor’s Office and the Montgomery County Commissioners Court identifying March 22-28 as “Montgomery County Arbor Day Week,” with several county dignitaries and special guests in attendance. Following the proclamation will be a special presentation from Woodforest National Bank (sponsor of the Arbor Day student poster contest) to the Texas Forest Service. Concluding the opening ceremony will be a tree planting ceremony featuring local students, public and college officials.
“Spring Fling is a great way to spend your Saturday,” said Steve Scheffler, dean of college relations at LSC-Montgomery. “There is so much to do; there is something for everyone to enjoy. The main goal of Spring Fling is to give back to the community in both a fun and educational way.”
For more information or questions about Spring Fling, contact Linda Corbin at (936) 273-7312.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 62,000 students in credit classes this spring, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.