Sunday, June 3, 2018

A workshop at the WATER Center

Back in mid-April, I attended a workshop at the Wichita WATER Center.

It's a lovely facility, houses a museum that wasn't open when I was there, and offers workshops and educational classes for children and adults.

According to their web site:
The Wichita WATER Center is a hands-on learning experience for kids and adults, complete with an aquarium.
Officially the “Wichita Area Treatment, Education & Remediation (WATER) Center,” it was built to house the equipment necessary to clean up contaminated groundwater found near downtown Wichita. However, the other purpose of the WATER Center is education, and the facilities include a hands-on, interactive environmental museum, aquariums, and an outdoor guided nature trail along a creek that leads to the Arkansas River.
The WATER Center regularly has tours and educational programs for kids and adults. Admission to the museum, which is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., is free.

Here are a few photos as I walked around the facility.

Back at the entrance to the area where the workshop was being held, 

I was really impressed with the size of some of the indoor plants growing there.

After the workshop, I walked to a secluded part of the facility and took a few photos.

This is from the other side.  I can't decide if this is a statue, or not.  Not sure about much, except the waterfall was not quiet.

I only managed to catch a part of the sign

no matter how many photos I took.

EDIT: Several people asked what workshop I attended.  It was a fascinating workshop on river runoff, elevation, and flooding.   To demonstrate the process, we were each given a sheet of printer paper and a large plastic bowl.  We were told to crumple the paper in any way we chose, but to be sure there were mountains and rivers.  Then they passed around some blue dye.  We also had access to spray bottles of water.  The more we sprayed the more runoff we got.  It was a fun, hands on experiment and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed this look around the Wichita WATER Center. 

18 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks a great place to visit. We visited something similar here last week, but a lot smaller, built onto an old water tower. Enjoy your day, Valerie

Helen said...

love the curved wall at the entrance seeing in and reflecting outside.

froebelsternchen said...

A fabulous building and gareden to it - but Iam most impressed of the text at the sogn! Amazing!
Curious what workshop you had there?!
With have a similar museum here nearby but not that big I guess:
here are some photos
Happy Sunday dear Elizabeth!
Hugs, Susi

froebelsternchen said...

sorry my keyboard is crazy today.....hope you understand ....

Incipient Wings said...

what a great post..thank you for taking photos..every time I go somewhere and don't take pictures I think of how awesome you are.

Sami said...

They certainly have a lot of water all around the building.
The indoor plants look healthy and lush.
Hope you enjoyed your workshop Elizabeth.

kathyinozarks said...

I really enjoyed this post Elizabeth, and I love it went communities share education like this-a lovely place and such a thoughtful idea to add the classes and the water museum. the facility has more than one purpose-loved the photos-what workshop did you take?
Happy Sunday hugs Kathy

CJ Kennedy said...

Looks like a beautiful are to walk around. Looks peaceful along the path of the reflecting pool. Enjoy your day.

Nancy said...

Such a well thought out place- and the workshop sounds interesting. Lovely photos.

Sandra Cox said...

What a lovely place and concept.
I LOVE your project.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Jan said...

Great photos, looks like you had the whole place to yourself. the workshop sounds interesting too.
In regards to our ICAD project: I like your ideas for making the box to hold yours and also an altered book cover. I only have one years worth so far, so just have mine in a pile. I've used some as postcards and I also like your idea of sticking them into an art journal. That reminds me, I better go make #3.

Divers and Sundry said...

Sounds like a fascinating workshop, and I loved seeing the photos of the planted part of the facility.

I'm recovering well. I've been active on FB but have found blogging challenging. I'm ready to come back now, and I notice how busy y'all have been! I have a lot of catching up to do!

Caty said...

This Water Center may be fabulous Elizabeth!! Very big. The photos are wonderful, thank you very much for sharing with us. The inner plant is a ficus I thing, it ´s beautiful. The garden, outdoors is interesting.
I wish you a very nice week, big hugss, Caty

Meggymay said...

This looks a really interesting destination and the workshop sounds good especially the hands on part.
The photos looked super and I liked that it is open to everyone. So many places like this charge big entrance fees.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

That sounds like a really fun workshop. I would have liked that. And it is a pretty place. I think it's brilliant to combine an education area with the water treatment plant and have classes as it makes citizens so much smarter about the environment and how big a role water plays in it. Which in turn, of course, makes better citizens. :) I am glad you shared this with us. And happy new week-hope it begins in a good way! Hugs-Erika

pearshapedcrafting said...

It looks an interesting place to take little walk. Are the yellow flowers Irises or daffodils. They look like iris but as mine are only just flowering now I am curious! Off to bed now! Hugs,Chrisx

Rita said...

I'm glad you told us what workshop you took because I was going to ask, too. Love the building and the area with the plants looks so serene. :)

Jeanie said...

Nice photos. It's a beautiful place and nice garden too. I love some of the angles you chose in your photos -- beautiful composition.