WOW! or Wonders of Water, is a free family fun event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Swim like a fish, hop like a frog or fly like a heron and join us at the Environmental Education Center’s new Nature Explore Trail for a morning of engaging activities for the whole family. The Nature Explore Trail is an educational pathway that uses interactive signage to teach visitors about Plano’s creeks, their inhabitants and ways that residents of all ages can care for them.  Come and explore!

The City of Plano’s Sustainability & Environmental Education Division will unveil its new Nature Explore Trail at its Wonders of Water (WOW!) family fun event on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The trail features recycled materials including TREX, a composite decking material made from recycled wood and plastic film. The use of such materials illustrates that watershed protection, including the removal of plastic pollution from waterways, can be a closed-loop, beneficial practice. In addition, the trail features a metal art installation of “Herbie” the blue heron. Blue herons are large wading birds that are common in Plano’s creeks, and their survival is dependent on the health of their habitat. “Herbie” was designed to visibly house plastic debris in his abdomen to demonstrate the impact of litter on wildlife and the environment.

WOW!, a free family fun event, will officially welcome the public to the Nature Explore Trail. Along with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony, attendees will enjoy a morning of engaging activities geared toward water quality education and watershed protection. WOW! attendees will also have the opportunity to complete the art installation by placing plastic debris in “Herbie’s” abdomen.

WOW! will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9-11 a.m. at the Environmental Education Center (4116 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano, TX 75093). All are encouraged to register for the event. The Nature Explore Trail and Environmental Education Center grounds are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. Questions? Call (972) 769-4130.