Presentations have ranged from invasive species, wetlands, and wilderness survival to groundwater, forestry, and energy conservation.
Area school kids learned about conservation during the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual field day on October 7. The autumn weather was sunny and warm as ninety fifth and sixth graders hiked the Adirondack Ecotrail to six stations, learning about natural resources from the experts.
Presentors included: The Beaver Fur Trade (Christine Campeau and Faith Ordonio, Adirondack Experience the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake); Wetland Conservation (Mary Hall, Beaversprite); Forest Management (Mike Mulligan, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation); Can you Spot the Spotted Lanternfly (Emily-Bell Dinan, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, The Nature Conservancy); Clean, Drain, Dry – Protecting Your Lake From Invasive Species (Kevin Kennedy, Dan Kelting, and Zoë Smith, Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute); Pasture Poultry and Gardening (Jamila Page, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County); and Boat Patrol and Safety (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office).
Fifty-three fifth and sixth grade students submitted posters and essays that illustrated, in the student’s opinion, the event topic that best conserves or protects Hamilton County’s natural resources. Awards ceremonies were held at each school where all participating students received a certificate of merit. Class wide and overall first, second, and third place winners received certificates and ribbons. Overall winners received plaques and prizes.
5th Grade Poster Contest Winners
- First: Elia Reenders, Lake Pleasant Central School
- Second: Savannah Irvin, Wheelerville Union Free School
- Third: Hailey Hausle, Wells Central School
6th Grade Essay Contest Winners
- First: Charisma Hayner, Wheelerville Union School
- Second: Joseph Braunius, Lake Pleasant Central School