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Spring Fest 2010

Spring Fest is an annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education. This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It's part education, part entertainment, and all fun!

We had amazing weather, record-breaking crowds, and everyone had a GREAT time at Spring Fest 2010. With crowds of more than 40,000 people, the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology reached out to the public and Indiana schoolchildren to educate them about many different aspects of plant science.

The USDA-ARS group was a popular stop with seed germinating necklaces and a beanbag toss. Carnivorous plants were a big hit, and the Tulip Break Virus display was an interesting and colorful addition this year. A special thanks goes to Carla Harper, senior in Plant Biology, for putting together a great display on Biomes of the World. Some of the biomes highlighted were tropical rainforest, desert, arctic tundra, aquatic, and Indiana: prairie and broadleaf forest. With examples of plants from each biome, this exhibit was a big hit!

As their primary fundraising opportunity, both the Botany Club and the Graduate Student Organization did great with steady streams of customers. The Botany Club held their popular plant sale and sold out in record time this year. The GSO worked with the Agronomy Department grad students and Environmental Science Club to feed all those hungry Spring Festers.

Thank you to everyone who helped out to make this event such a success! View the slide show of pictures below.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Pineapple plant at the Tropical Rainforest Biome display.
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