|Area 6th graders attend Conservation Field Day
Teaching outdoors is natural for the Lewis Soil Conservation District (LSCD). Getting students outdoors and teaching them about conservation and natural resources is something they have been doing for 48 years. The LSCD served the community by organizing and hosting the Annual Sixth Grade Field Day at Winchester Lake State Park. This year, the event was enjoyed by 6th Graders from Prairie, Kamiah, and Highland school districts.
The students rotated through eight educational stations every 20 minutes. Eileen Rowan, of the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, instructed “Soils and Geology”. Robert Johnson, from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, brought out a trailer loaded with poles and tackle and instructed a “Take me Fishing” station. “Fire Control” was instructed by Jed Pentzer from the Idaho Department of Lands. Chris Gerhart, Dave Luther, and Jeremy Isbelle, Idaho Department of Lands, presented a “Forestry” station. Johna Boulafentis from the Nez Perce Tribe Air Quality Program instructed an “Air Quality” station. Tyler Nelson, IDL & LSCD, took the students for a hike on a “Nature Trail”. Ken Hart of the University of Idaho Extension Office, and Eric Hasselstrom, LSCD, provided canoe use and safety instruction and assisted with lifejackets.
Thanks to all instructors and volunteers for their time and knowledge. The LSCD appreciates the support from Winchester Lake State Park. Also much appreciated were Leanne Trautman and Jeremy Heft from the Winchester Quick Response Unit. Special thanks to Karol Holthaus for taking time out of her busy retirement to prepare lunches for the instructors, to be the timekeeper, and to lend a hand wherever she saw a need.
It was a beautiful, sunny, fun-filled, day of learning. Everyone had a great time!
Photos from the Conservation Field Day for area 6th graders. Photos by Lewis Soil Conservation District.