More than 425 fifth-grade students from throughout the county attended the eighth annual Waupaca County Conservation Field Day Friday, Oct. 3, at Hartman Creek State Park.
Coordinated by Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, the event featured 20 hands-on field stations, each highlighting a different conservation concept or career.
Field stations covered a wide variety of topics including aquatic invasive species, alternative energy, composting, conservation law enforcement, soils, agriculture, wildlife, fishing, macro-invertebrates, forestry, wetlands, gardening and geo-caching.
The students spent the day at the park, rotating through stations that they had selected prior to the event.
They also had the opportunity to explore the forested trails in the park as they took a mid-day hike during the lunch break.
Field journals were provided for students to record their experiences and observations, so they can take what they learned back to the classrooms.
“This collaborative event is one of the environmental education initiatives that Golden Sands RC&D coordinates on behalf of the Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation Department. We applaud their commitment to providing Waupaca County students with opportunities to connect with our natural resources and learn about conservation and sustainability.,” said Jennifer Glad, Golden Sands’ assistant director and coordinator for the event.
Field stations were facilitated by local natural resource professionals who volunteer their services.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Quantum Dairy, Waupaca County Solid Waste and Recycling, Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation Department, UWSP Chapter of the American Water Resources Association, Friends of Hartman Creek State Park, Wisconsin Trapper’s Association and National Wild Turkey Federation provided volunteers for the Field Day event.