Here at the Warren County SWCD, part of our mission is to inspire and educate people of all ages about how to be good stewards of our environment. Our staff uses many methods to achieve this, including adding some entertainment and fun with our education ambassador character, Dagmar the Dragonfly and our education vehicle the Macro Mobile, featuring an interactive seek and find of macroinvertebrates! Using an integrated, synergistic approach to capture the attention of the public dramatically increases their engagement in conservation education and action. Characters brought to life through costume and play increases knowledge production, retainment, and embodied experience while encouraging people to build on their own connections with their natural environment. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of arts-based pedagogies for exploring and understanding the natural world.
bring DAGMAR THE DRAGONFLY to your classroom
While costumed characters may be thought of as being specifically targeted to younger audiences, our experience has been that we can actually transcend many learning barriers with Dagmar the Dragonfly across all age groups. The grand visual and tactile components of a costumed character help bridge communication language barriers, increase engagement with residents with disabilities such as vision impairments, autism, and other cognitive issues. Dagmar the Dragonfly can come present on a related water education topic appropriate for your age group. For classroom program offerings visit our Classroom Programs page.
Schedule dagmar the dragonfly and the macro mobile at your next event
From annual fishing derbies and National Night Out events, Touch-a-Truck events, and Story Walks, Dagmar the Dragonfly and the Macro Mobile have significantly increased the District’s presence and engagement with community members. Dagmar makes appearances at local park district events, libraries, summer camps, and various festivals throughout the year.
To schedule Dagmar the Dragonfly and the Macro Mobile, contact Education & Communications Specialist Melissa Proffitt, 513.695.3086