The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 11, 2013

Environmental Education Field Day


The Daily Item

— MIDDLEBURG — The Snyder County Conservation District will sponsor an Environmental Field Day from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12, for youth ages 6 to 12. The District would like to establish a culture of environmental conscience in the local youth in a fun and informal setting.

All activities will take place both inside and outside at the Snyder County Conservation District, 10541 Route 522, Middleburg office. Participants will rotate through the six stations on half hour intervals. Each station will split its half hour time slot into both the educational and hands on time.

Game Station — Game commission will address a topic of local interest.

Fish Station — Participants will see in the aquarium collected pan fish species local to the area.  

Tree Station — The Bureau of Forestry will use tree cookies to talk about the age of trees, and how to determine the age counting the rings. Each student will be given a tree cookie to decorate and take on their own.

Soil Station — Volunteers will help the students learn about what makes up a soil profile as they build an edible soil profile that they can take home.

Water Station — This station will be done by the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, and will consist of an educational component and a take home, hands-on activity.

Maggot Painting — This program has been done at several similar events by other conservation districts. The presenter will talk about the value of organisms in breaking down waste in the environment, by highlighting the maggot. Then maggots dipped in paint will be used to create a maggot painting. As gross as this program sounds it is often the crowd pleaser at the end of the day.

Call the Snyder County Conservation District at (570) 837-3000 ext. 110 to register for the event. This workshop will have a strict limit of 120 participants on a first come first serve basis.