Mostly Trapping

Fifth-graders learn about the outdoors
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Shores State Park.

It was a clear, crisp almost-fall day for the 30th annual Oswego County Conservation Field Day Sept. 20 at Selkirk Shores State Park.

Put on each year by the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the event includes numerous stations set up within the park that are attended by the fifth-graders. This year, fifth-graders from Lura Sharp Elementary in Pulaski, Mexico Middle School, Millard Hawk Primary, Sandy Creek Elementary, Trinity Catholic School and Volney Elementary attended Conservation Field Day.

After visiting two stations, the students and teachers eat lunch and then return to their loop for three more stations.

All presenters and staff members who make the event possible are volunteers.

The presenters at the stations are specialists from various environmental fields. At each station, students spend 20 minutes listening and participating in discussions and hands-on activities. Teachers are encouraged to follow-up on the topics when they return to the classroom.

Topics discussed in the past at Conservation Field Day include “Aquatic Food Webs,” “Aquatic Invasive Species,” “Backpacking,”“Buzzing About!,” “Cedar Strip Canoes,” “Fish Facts,” “Ice Fishing,” “Insectaganza!,” “Life Cycle of an Aluminum Can,” “Logging with Horses,” “Making a Turkey Call,” “Pesticides in the Food Chain,” “Talkin’ Turkey,” “The History of Muzzleloading,” “Trapping as a Tool of Conservation,” “Tree Growth and Identification,” “Waterfowl Nesting Boxes” and “Wildlife Rehabilitation.”

Partners in the event are Selkirk Shores State Park, Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the North Shore Sportsmen’s Association.