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Beekeeper Donald Short chatting with one of the reenactors at Fort Toulouse/Jackson. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Beekeeper Donald Short chatting with one of the reenactors at Fort Toulouse/Jackson. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Event promotes outdoor activities

Published 2:11pm Saturday, June 22, 2013

When Betty Stricker moved to Wetumpka several years ago, she asked people what activities were available in the area.
“They told me there was nothing to do around here,” she said. “I found out that just wasn’t true.”
Stricker recently decided to organize an event to inform others about the outdoor activities available locally. She recruited an assortment of organizations and individuals for a Come Alive Outside program, held Saturday at Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park.
Visitors had the opportunity to learn about cycling, paddling, gardening, recycled art, 4-H, beekeeping, wildlife and more. In addition, attendees could observe French Colonial reenactors at the fort.
“I’m encouraging people to get out and away from their sedentary habits,” Stricker said. “There is so much to enjoy in the outdoors, and these activities also contribute to a healthy lifestyle.”
Children were especially attracted to the animal pelts displayed on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources table and to the bees showcased by the Central Alabama Beekeepers Association.
“I would love to get young people interested in beekeeping,” said Donald Short. “There aren’t many young people involved in it, and we want to change that. There’s going to be a shortage of beekeepers in the future without more people coming into it.”
Stricker, a Master Gardener and 4-H volunteer, said Come Alive Outside was co-sponsored by John Deere, J.P. Horizons, the Elmore County Extension Service and other local groups.

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