The Conway EcoFest’s coordinating team is seeking volunteers with multiple skills and variable time commitments to help plan the Sept. 11 EcoFest, an interactive educational event for people of all ages and interests. Participants can explore all sides of environmental issues and the interconnections they have with each other and our lives.

Time commitments range from one- to two-day tasks (including exhibiting on the day of) to periodic coordination of sections or exhibit development to more involved roles such as a volunteer coordinator. For the event to flow well, several of these tasks must be initiated now, as summer seems to be a busy time for people according to Debbie Plopper, event co-coordinator. Meetings are kept to a minimum, but good communication is important, Plopper said.

Given that this is an interactive educational event for all ages and interests, all levels of educators and organizations are being sought in addition to many general-interest volunteers and people with various skills. Specific skills include publicity, and/or office skills; an interest or skill in art, math, science or business; Green building; exhibit development/recruitment; construction/woodworking, and more.  

EcoFest coordinators will hold a workshop at The Arkansas Museum of Discovery, to help EcoFest volunteers and exhibitors generate ideas, and to learn from the museum’s development team how to create interactive exhibits, which form a major part of EcoFest. If you have an interest in this workshop, please contact an EcoFest representative by March 20. 

Co-coordinator(s) and assistance in several areas is needed as soon as possible. These areas include booth staff for Earth Day and the Museum of Discovery; the global section that will involve the local international students or residents, and issues; the natural resources area; the recycling section; the agriculture/organics area; the car show; the cardboard car derby (similar to soap box derby cars but mostly made out of cardboard — much of this is in place, but help is needed coordinating the effort); EcoTours (also mostly in place); publicity; assistance with office-type work; and a 9/11 memorial. 

To sign up as a volunteer, sponsor or exhibitor, or for a more specific list of needs and opportunities, please visit www.ConwayEcoFest.com, or call Debbie at 327-2105 or 472-0901. Updates regarding needs will be posted regularly (e.g., certain tasks, needing scrap wood, etc.). 

EcoFest progress may be followed on the Web sites Twitter at twitter.com/conwayecofest; Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Conway-AR/Conway-EcoFest/124934327072 or by joining the EcoFest online mailing list.

Partners in this event are the City of Conway, Conway Corporation and the Log Cabin Democrat. Platinum Sponsor is Nabholz Construction.

"The more our community works together on this, the more comprehensive and interesting a look at our environment we will have," Plopper said.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by E-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)