Brazos Valley Earth Day April 21 At Wolf Pen Creek, plus Wander ID Registration

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Celebrate our natural and cultural environments during the 17th annual Brazos Valley Earth Day celebration at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Educational booths will include rainwater harvesting, backyard composting, green lawn care techniques and alternative transportation. The Kid’s Zone will include an inflatable bounce and obstacle course and environmental story times.

Band Vocal Trash will perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., making “music in harmony with the environment by fusing world class singing, industrial style drumming, award winning break-dancing and comedy antics into a unique and uplifting experience.”

Bring the whole family to celebrate Earth Day at Wolf Pen Creek on April 21.Celebrate our natural and cultural environments during the 17th annual Brazos Valley Earth Day celebration at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek April 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Educational booths will include rainwater harvesting, backyard composting, green lawn care techniques and alternative transportation. The Kid’s Zone will include an inflatable bounce and obstacle course and environmental story times.

Band Vocal Trash will perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., making “music in harmony with the environment by fusing world class singing, industrial style drumming, award winning break-dancing and comedy antics into a unique and uplifting experience.”

Hosted by the cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas A&M University, Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency, Inc., and Keep Brazos Beautiful, visit brazosvalleyearthday.com for a complete schedule of events or contact Recycling Coordinator Heather Qualls at hqualls@cstx.gov or (979) 764-6229.

WanderID to Hold Registration at Earth Day

When young children or people with cerebral difficulties such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, brain injury or Down syndrome wander off into unfamiliar surroundings they often are not able to identify themselves putting themselves in dangerous situations. Imagine someone you know with cerebral difficulties trying to explain to a stranger who they are or where they live. 

With the WanderID, families can take comfort in knowing that if a loved one were to wander, this new technology would lead them one step closer to getting the missing person home. During the Earth Day celebration at Wolf Pen Creek on April 21, WanderID will have a booth to register those interested in the service. A photographer will be on location to take photos needed to register someone. 

Mary Haskett, co-founder of WanderID, says an epiphany after reading articles about the growing epidemic of wandering adults and the coming silver tsunami of the baby boomer generation lead to the creation of the service. With a M.Ed. in Educational Technology, Haskett partnered with fellow Texas A&M graduate Dr. Alex Kilpatrick who has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering to launch WanderID after two years of development. Their vision was to use biotechnology to create a database that will allow a broad audience cheap, easy access to a safe system that yields quick results if a loved one goes missing. 

“Our ultimate goal is to provide ‘In Case of Emergency’ contact information for everyone in need,” says Haskett.

Four photos, online registration to complete a profile, and uploading emergency contact information are all that is required to create a WanderID account. If a loved one does wander, a police officer, EMS, or concerned citizen can snap a photo of the missing person and send it using the free smart-phone app or via email to WanderID where the state-of-the-art facial recognition technology promptly finds a match of the photographs. Once a match is found, the emergency contact info will be available and a call can be placed to the missing person’s caregiver. Bryan/ College Station and Texas A&M police departments have been trained to use WanderID, and about 50 locals have registered so far.

WanderID charges a membership fee of $9.95 per month, $99.95 per year or $249.95 for a lifetime membership. WanderID is currently offering six months of free enrollment with a coupon code 6FREE when setting up a WanderID account. 

“We wanted to create an ID service that was as inexpensive as an ID bracelet, but as efficient as a tracking device,” says Haskett. All plans include unlimited updates, free 24/7 support as well as a money-back guarantee within seven days of your sign up for a full refund. More information about the service is available at online at WanderID.com