SIU-affiliated fundraiser helping region’s science teachers is Sept. 30

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A Southern Illinois University Carbondale-affiliated family event aimed at helping science teachers across the region is set for later this month at a local winery.

Teachers from SIU’s River Region Master Teaching Fellows Program will host the Family Eco Festival, set for 1-5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Alto Vineyards, Alto Pass.


The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Innovations in STEM Education. Money raised will be distributed to Southern Illinois teachers in need of science materials.


The event’s theme is environmental sustainability, with hands-on science activities offered throughout the day, as well as a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Demonstrations and activities also will include eco-arts and crafts, solar eclipse-related activities and more.


The event also features live music beginning at 1 p.m. with the Buckn’ John Show. Todd Pierson takes the stage at 3 p.m.


A food truck and kid-friendly snacks and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.  


The sponsors for the event include Alto Vineyards, Southern Illinois Community Foundation, The Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, SIU River Region Sustainability and the National Science Foundation.