Hands-On Conservation in Outdoor Classroom

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Thursday June 20, 2013

Seventy-two fifth grade students from Orchard School attended the Winooski Valley Park District’s 27th Annual “Conservation Field Day” at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington on May 22.

The day kicked off with a great performance from Jennifer Adsit and her dog, Sassy, from the Lake Champlain Retriever Club. Sassy demonstrated how animals use their many senses to track things by retrieving toys that were hidden in a field. Jennifer and Sassy have been providing the opening show for several years and are always a hit! 

After the ceremony, students rotated through thirty workshops which offered a range of conservation and environmental related topics, thanks to the WVPD’s wonderful volunteers. Students learned about composting, seed planting, how to tie fly-fishing flies and knots, primitive fire starting, Leave No Trace and orienteering skills, how to identify native and invasive plant species, and what type of creatures live in ponds and wetlands. As they walked through the grounds of the Homestead, it was common to hear students proclaim “this was the best field trip ever!” 

Conservation Field Day was started in the spring of 1986 to provide quality environmental education to schools and to support a hands-on nature based learning experience in the setting of “outdoor classrooms.”