Conservation Days Field Trip
Sixth graders spent the day at 4-H Camp Owahta on September 19th, learning about conservation and the important role it plays in our society. According to the US Department of Agriculture, “conservation Education helps people of all ages understand and appreciate our country's natural resources -- and learn how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through conservation education, people develop the critical thinking skills they need to understand the complexities of ecological problems.”
During the visit to 4-H Camp Owahta, students visited stations and learned the basics of wildlife, invasive species, bird migration, forest management, boating and water safety, and compasses. Each station was led by a knowledgeable and skilled member of the NYS Department of Conservation Ranger and/or a Cortland County Sheriff. Students rotated station to station eagerly and enjoyed the experience.
Sixth grader Casey Camp said, “It’s cool to learn about the environment. For me the boat safety was my favorite station so far because I go boating on Cayuga Lake and it is important to know how to stay safe on the water. We also learned about what invasive species can be spread by your boat so it is important to check your boat for things like the plant hydrilla after and before you put it in the water.”
Molly Harrington, a sixth grade teacher said, “the kids get to learn about the environment and how to take care of it, which is really important since these students are going to be the next generation. Having the students here today and getting hands on experience is a great way to get the students interested potentially in future careers in science.”
Overall the students had a fun-filled and educational day! They even got to use a compass to hike and see real zebra mussels.This field trip occurs annually and future generations of Cortland students will get to attend when they are in sixth grade. Click below for video or click here.