field day held
Teaching outdoors is natural for the Lewis Soil Conservation District (LSCD). Getting students in the outdoors and teaching them about conservation and natural resources is something they have been doing for 41 years. The LSCD served the community by organizing and hosting the 41st Annual Sixth Grade Field Day at Winchester Lake State Park on May 10.
This youth event was enjoyed by approximately 115 6th grade students from Summit Academy, Highland, Nezperce, Prairie and Kamiah school districts. The students rotate throughout eight different educational stations every 20 minutes: Soils and Geology, instructed by Idaho Soil Conservation Commission, Eileen Rowan and volunteer Sarah Kuther, Forestry, taught by Idaho Department of Lands employees Clark Christiansen, Chris Gerhart, and Lowell Davis, Fire Control, instructed by Idaho Department of Lands employees Kit Behler, and Jed Pentzer, Air Quality/Campfire Etiquette taught by Johna Boulafentis, Nez Perce Tribe, Life of the Salmon, instructed by NRCS employees Kevin Traylor and Tina Barker, volunteers Tiffany Sonnen and Bethany Dreadfulwater, Taking Me Fishing taught by Idaho Fish and Game, Scott Cron, Shane Weignad and Jen Bruns, Nature Trail instructed by Idaho Fish and Game Jr. Ranger instructor Don Rudy, and the favorite part of the day riding was Canoeing with Elaine Sonnen, LSCD, Kevin Seitz, NRCS, Vern McMaster, LSCD, volunteers, Shaina Fowler, Richard Sonnen and Lyle Kuther helping students in and out of the canoes. The Winchester Quick Response crew was on site.
Special guests for the day were Senator Dan Johnson and Representative Thyra Stevenson. They participated at the various stations throughout the day interacting with all the student and volunteers. Senator Johnson enjoyed taking a canoe ride.
The Lewis County Fair Royalty Queen Bethany Dreadfulwater, Princesses Sarah Kuther and Shaina Fowler volunteered for the day helping out where needed at various stations.
Appreciation for the instructors, guests and volunteers for their time and knowledge, Karol Holthaus, LSCD, prepared lunch for them.
The weather was perfect for educational experience for everyone.
A couple of scenes of area 6th graders, including from Prairie, at the Conservation Field Day at Winchester Lake State Park on May 10. Photos by Steve Wherry.