Colleen Hickey, from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, used her blue bag of wetland metaphors to teach the children the importance of wetlands to the health of our environment, especially the lakes. As students took turns pulling items out of the bag, she discussed with them how wetlands were like each item.
At the final station, master gardeners Wayne Rowe and Don Brewer instructed the children about the art of tree planting and stressed the importance of trees to a healthy environment. Each child was sent home with a balsam tree seedling to plant.
At the conclusion of the program, many students discussed their favorite stations. Seton's Emily Sola favored the maple-syrup station, while classmate Natasha Clark liked Tree Dancing best. Hannah Racette, a home-school student from Redford, preferred yet another station.
I come from a very environmental family, Hannah said, so I already have a lot of knowledge. I liked 'Tomato Talk' best because that is where I learned the most.
The fun day of learning was made possible through the sponsorship of Banker's Orchards, Rulf's Orchards, Noon Kiwanis Club, Clinton County Fair and Georgia Pacific. Much planning and hard work from the Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and the volunteers who cared enough to donate their time and expertise is also credited for making the event possible.