The Eco-Village 1982 Summer Workshops and Seminars

A report on the successful Eco-Village 1982 summer workshops and seminars and the upcoming 1983 Eco-Village vacation, including the Environmental Hall of Fame, an alternative electrical power system and chartered bus trips.

| September/October 1982

Take a vacation at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Eco-Village. We share news on the recent success of the Eco-Village 1982 summer workshops and seminars where we hosted over 20,000 visitors. (See photos of the Show_How classes in the image gallery.)

By the time we close the gates on the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Eco-Village for the 1982 season, we'll have played host, over six all-too-short months, to more than 20,000 visitors. Many of these folks attending the Eco-Village 1982 summer workshops and seminars will have taken advantage of the Eco-Village/World's Fair/camping package that allowed them to stay on our property for two days, enjoy a daily choice of 10 to 15 Show-Hows (mini-seminars on food, energy, transportation, and housing), and then wrap up their visit with a day's travel-and-admission-paid trip by chartered bus to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.! (We were both pleased and not a little flattered when some people told us they found the Eco-Village visit even more educational and interesting than the big Knoxville exposition!)

Eco-Village Workshops and Seminars: Better Next Time

All in all, we're pretty happy with the current season, but we're already working up some offerings that'll make an Eco-Village visit next year even better! Of course, since our display projects grow and evolve as research progresses, the Show Hows will have more to show. Furthermore, new ideas (and some old ones that have been in the planning stages for years) are constantly getting under way. Here, then, are just a few of the attractions you can expect to find at the Eco-Village in 1983.

First (and perhaps foremost), our long-anticipated Environmental Hall of Fame should be established. At least 12 individuals (one from each year MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been published) will be selected, by the staff editors, on the basis of work done to further the protection and preservation of the earth's natural environment. Of course, another honoree will be added each year thereafter, and displays commemorating the work of these men and women will be set up.

By next spring, too, we'll have installed an alternative electrical power system at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Eco-Village passive solar, earth-sheltered house, created a children's recreation area (including a "youngster-powered" energy park), constructed fishing docks on one of our beautiful lakes, along with wading pools for safe water play, built a super-low-cost (you won't believe just how inexpensive) earth-sheltered dwelling and put in a demonstration homestead fish farm. And in addition to our improved series of Show-How seminars, we'll offer free hands-on learning programs in the evenings!

But That's Not All on the Eco-Village

Over the course of this season, we discovered that Eco-Village visitors really appreciated being able to enjoy some of the region's beautiful scenery without having to drive themselves. So, since our area is so rich in sights that are well worth visiting, we've decided to offer our guests a few other holiday packages next year.

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