Secchi Day Science Fair

VIRTUAL August 15, 2020

15th Annual Secchi Day Science Fair Goes Virtual

To ensure everyone’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the “in-person” Secchi Day Science Fair at Prairie Creek is cancelled this year.  Instead, we invite you to join us for an ONLINE VIRTUAL 15th Annual SECCHI DAY SCIENCE FAIR 2020 with videos and photos of Environmental and Water Education activities for local citizens and friends around the world to learn from and enjoy. This is a work in progress. Please keep an eye on this webpage, as well as following Beaver Water District and our partners on our Social Media pages.

Secchi Day sampling activities will continue this year with all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone is safe. To indicate your interest in volunteering, email Matthew Rich at

Secchi Day is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity. Volunteers with boats help us gather samples that day. This takes about 20-30 minutes, but there’s travel time involved depending on where your sample point is located. Pre-registration well in advance is required. Additionally, you must have a boat (in some instances, sites that need to be sampled may be accessed via a kayak, a canoe or a stand-up paddle-board that is rigged to carry sampling gear and an ice chest).

We do want to continue to recognize our partners, many of whom have been participating in the event for several years. Please thank them when you see them in the community. Their continued support and service is greatly appreciated during these challenging times.

Beaver Lake Fire Department, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Hobbs State Park, North American Lake Management Society, Arkansas Master Naturalists (NW AR), Northwest Arkansas Stormwater Education, One Community,  The Ozark Society, Ozarks Water Watch, UA Cooperative Extension Service-Benton County, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Beaver Lake, and U.S. Geological Survey.

Others of note (but not a complete list) include Chief Meteorologist Dan Skoff of KNWA (Premiere Media Sponsor), 3W Magazine, Harps, Hiland Dairy, Cook’s Natural Market, Vanzant Fruit Farms, Al Lopez (Papa Rap), Benton County Environmental Division, Outdoor Cap, Dancenhance Entertainment, B-Scene Media, Hog Radio STAR 101.5 and The Coyote 96.7, KQIS-105.3, La Zeta Radio 95.7, Marshallese Radio 98.9 KMRW, Univision Arkansas, KFSM, KUAF 91.3, Arkansas Living magazine of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Beaver Lake Outdoor Center, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Bass Pro Shops, Arkansas Department of Health-Benton County Unit, Arkansas Rural Water Association, Free Geek Arkansas, Friends of Hobbs, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Shiloh Museum, University of Arkansas Biological Sciences, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Marshallese Education Initiative, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese, Davis Videos.