Students learn about environment in Westport

Maeve Brammer of Keene gets a lesson in electricity.

Maeve Brammer of Keene gets a lesson in electricity. Photo by Keith Lobdell.


Clayton Spauling of St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga pets a calf at the Environmental Field Days in Westport.

— Students from schools throughout Essex County got the chance to get out of the classroom while learning about their environment.

The 28th Annual Essex County Environmental Field Days were held at the county fairgrounds in Westport on Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24.

The event was organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County, along with Linda Gillilland of the 4-H program and Dave Reckhan and Tiffany Pinheiro of the Essex County Soil and Water District.

“All of the instructors here are donating their time and knowledge to make this program possible,” Gillilland said. “We were a little damp on Tuesday, but Thursday was a great day.”

Schools rotated through a number of exhibits talking about the environment, which included:


Students from Lake Placid Central School pet a goat.

•Turkey Talk with Dick Harwood;

•Tree Planting with CCE Master Gardeners Linda Deyo and Kathy Linker;

•Maple Production with maple intern Perry Babcock;

•Energy with Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Peter Hagar;

•Natural Horsemanship with 4-H Horse Member Charity McLaughlin;

•Meat Goats with Rookery Ranch farmers Nicky Frechette and Helene Watrous;

•Soil Science with NRCS soil scientist Gerry Smith;

•Dairy Cows with 4-H dairy members Emily French, Ian Pierce and Owen Pierce;

•Climate and Weather with AuSable Valley science teacher and meteorologist Gib Brown; and

•Photo Morphogenesis with CCE Baker Research Farm Director Mike Davis.

Students also enjoyed a lunch on the fairgrounds as part of the event.

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