The Conservation District staff presented fourteen 1-hour presentations over two days in October 18 and 25, 2018, for fifth grade students at Camp Mount Luther, west of Mifflinburg, PA. The outdoor education program is part of the Midd-West School District’s Outdoor Education program held annually for their 5th grade students.
Staff members (Renee Swineford, Administrative Assistant, Lauren Maguire, Watershed Specialist, and Barry Spangler, Ag. Conservation Technician) talked about the importance of pollinators in our food supply and some information about soils. Each student make "soil balls" consisting of clay, potting soil and flower seeds. When the seeds germinate, the flowers attract pollinators such as bees, moths, etc. (See photo above for an example of students making "soil balls.") After drying, the 5th graders were allowed to take some soil balls home. The students also made a soil tube showing the different soil layers. One hundred fifty (150) students took part in in 2108. (Click here for 2017's write-up, which shows pictures and details of events similar to the 2018 activities.)
Note: Jason Winey, District Manager, and Tim Hornberger, Resource Conservation Technician, also helped out at the Midd-West Outdoor Education program showing students what aquatic life lives in a stream that flows through Camp Mt. Luther.
Go to our "Education & Youth Downloads" (on the right hand side of this web page) for more details and photographs regarding these events.