Environmental Field Days help appreciated

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Bouquet: The annual Environmental Field Days for Marinette County fourth graders took place recently over three days, with 401 total people attending — 369 students, 32 teachers and chaperones — at four different sites throughout the county. It is organized by Marinette County Land Information Department staff and includes presenters from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, other organizations and local volunteers. This event started in 1992 to introduce natural resources to schoolchildren.

This year, EFD was in four locations throughout the county: Marinette’s City Park, Peshtigo’s Elementary School, Lake Noquebay Park near Crivitz, and a site on county land in Dunbar. Small student groups rotate through stations and are presented with short, 12-minute sessions. Depending on the site, different topics were presented. Topics included forestry, fire control, water quality, aquatic invasive species, insects, mammals, wetlands, composting and a talk by a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conservation warden. Teachers received quiz questions to review information presented at each station. Water and fruit snacks were provided for event participants.

Without the support of local agencies, staff and volunteers, this event would not be possible. Thank you to everyone who contributed time and effort to this event, especially the presenters. Also thanks goes to the Marinette Parks Department, the Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Department and the Marinette County Parks and Forestry Departments for use of event sites.


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