Every September, 5th and 6th grade students clue in to conservation at the annual Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day. Presentations have ranged from invasive species, wetlands, and wilderness survival to groundwater, forestry, and energy conservation. Students enter the 5th grade essay or 6th grade poster contests showing what they learned.
2012 Essay and Poster Contest Winners
Inlet Common School’s Natalie Brownsell was awarded county wide first place for her essay and Melissa Hoffman received county wide second place for her poster.
By Natalie Brownsell
Last month I went on a trip to Conservation Field Days that changed my way of thinking about erosion issues. Erosion happens all around the world all the time. For example when I drove down the road and saw a house close to the water, I never thought about fifty years from now that persons life could be in danger. I never thought about someones house falling in a river, or someone losing their possessions because of a bank collapsing.
Most people like waterfront and like to build close to a stream or lake. There are ways to build by water and be safer. For example to help prevent erosion you could line the edge of the water with rocks. You can also use rocks for ditches and creeks. You can use the same trick for other things too, like keeping your driveway from eroding. Rocks have the effect of slowing water down and may also hold the dirt in place.
Ever since my trip to Conservation Field Days, I haven’t only noticed more, but thought more about what erosion can do. From now on I will be thinking about these things when ever I see water. Maybe I can help prevent a problem from happening someday because of what I’ve learned. As I said in the beginning, this is how Conservation Field Days changed my way of thinking.
Long Lake Central School’s Abbie Roalsvig received county wide third place for her essay and Peter Gocke received county wide first place for his post.
Lake Pleasant Central School’s Anna Crouse received county wide second place for her essay and Joyellen Trezise received county wide third place for her poster.
Wells Central School’s Jonni Stuart received first place for the school-wide poster contest and Jocelyn Scribner received first for the school-wide essay contest.
Wheelerville Union Free School’s Macenzie Ward placed first for the school-wide poster contest and Juilianna Wager placed first for the school-wide essay contest.