My name is Andy Frinkersonstien. I am an intern at the Louisville Nature Center. A truly unique community resource, the Louisville Nature Center offers wonderful opportunities for nature study and recreation--right in the heart of the city! Part of the Nature Center’s goal is the give a well rounded nature education to the community and to local schools. The Nature Center is often the destination of school trips and family outings.
Currently, the Nature Center has many displays and live animals that are kept on exhibit to help educate and inform visitors about the level of biodiversity in the state of Kentucky. While the Nature Center has snakes, snails, frogs and even a salamander, the Nature Center does not have a display highlighting the vast series of streams and rivers in Kentucky. The first step to protecting this resource is to understand and appreciate its natural beauty.
As a intern at the Nature Center, I would like to set-up an educational display highlighting the natural beauty of the Kentucky Rivers. The display will include a river aquarium containing native plants and several species of wild caught native fish as well as an educational poster. In order for the display to be possible, I will need donations, I am not going to ask or accept any budget from the Nature Center. I plan to incorporate a recognition to any business or contributor that helps make this project a success.
I've already talked with Josh Blaylock (Kentucky NANFA Representative) and he will be assisting me in picking out good species, assisting with capture, and making sure my set-up is satisfactory. I am also in contact with Dr. Pearson of the University of Louisville who has offered to help with fish capture as well.
If there is anyone that has extra supplies lying around (power-heads, gravel, filters, a tank, or anything else), I would be more than willing to take them off your hands as a tax deductible donation.