Students team up with national effort during Extension's environmental field days

WARRENSBURG - Hundreds of fifth and sixth grade students from Warren County school districts attended the annual Environmental Field days hosted recently by Warren County Cooperative Extension at Pack Forest.

This year's event included student participation in National Youth Science Day which involves tens of thousands of students across America.

Through this national effort, students created bio-gas by using a mixture of yeast, corn syrup, and wheat germ which simulates the decomposition of plant material. Different combinations of these materials were used to see which could produce the most usable gas in a limited time period.

Other events that were scheduled throughout the day included the use of microscopes to examine freshwater organisms with the educators from the Lake George Association. Students had a timely lesson from county Public Health Educator Dan Durkee, regarding the recent outbreak of H1N1 flu and the most effective prevention methods to use. Students participated in Radical Roots, a program about root structure and function with Dean Moore of Warren County Soil & Water District.

Other program features included a mobile predator-prey ecology lesson from Moreau Lake State Park staff. State Department of Environmental Conservation staff arranged lessons in winter preparedness, a woods walk and forest ecology lecture, and a segment on ancient mining techniques.

Environmental Field Days sessions are held twice a year - the fall event is held at Pack Forest and the spring event is held at either the Warren County Fairgrounds or the Warren County Fish Hatchery.

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