Lewis County youngsters enjoy 4H Conservation Field Days

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LOWVILLE — Hundreds of sixth-graders from across Lewis County were hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County and the state Department of Environmental Conservation at its Dadville location this week to enjoy a Conservation Field Day, a four-hour event where students from several area school districts and the Lewis County Homeschoolers Association can learn about environmental careers and environmental programs.

The program resumed after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students were able to make the rounds of several interactive stations with 14 volunteer presenters covering an array of topics from maple production to land surveying to learning about what it’s like to be a DEC officer to fishing.

“A successful event like this is only possible with the generosity of their time and expertise by our presenters from DEC,” organizers said, highlighting the efforts of “Andrea Mercurio covering forest management; Chris Balk with wetland habitat; Jeff Eller on deer management; Rachel Hillegas discussing nature walks; Rob Snyder covering mapping and surveying along with Officer Hutton performing an environmental conservation officer demonstration. Elwin Stillman covered bees and pollination, and Dale Moser talked about the importance of the maple industry in Lewis County.”

“Lewis County Soil and Water (staffers) Mike Durant and Alexis Lyndaker joined in with a very visual demonstration on soil erosion, BOCES’s Kim Seelman and students provided firsthand education on tree planting plus a pheasant and wildlife management demonstration,” organizers added.

For more information on Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County or 4H Youth Development Programs in Lewis County, call 315-376-5270, email: lewis@cornell.edu or visits its website at www.ccelewis.org.

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