EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Conservation Field Days
Seneca County Soil and Water Conservation District partners with Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation District for Conservation Field Days.
Conservation Field Days is an event for 6th grade classes from around Ontario and Seneca Counties to visit Bristol Hills 4-H Camp for a fun-filled day of learning. Stations on the trails include bird identification, pond exploration, tree-ID, GPS basics, and the list goes on! This event takes place in September every year. Is your school interested in attending? If so, contact Alaina Robarge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Finger Lakes Regional Envirothon
Ontario County, Seneca County, and Yates County Soil and Water Conservation Districts work together to create the Western Finger Lakes Regional Envirothon at the Finger Lakes Community College each spring. The Envirothon is a competition for high school students designed to test students’ understanding of natural resource issues and to cultivate students’ desire to learn more about natural resources and environmental issues. Teams consist of five students and an alternate. The alternate is permitted to participate in the tests at the Regional Envirothon; however, only five students may work on a test at any single station. More than one team from a school is welcome to participate. Winning teams from each county are eligible to participate in the New York State Envirothon Event.
The winner of the New York State competition will then be eligible for participation in the National Envirothon. New York teams have consistently placed in the top ten at the national event. The test topics are: Soil & Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and the Current Issue Topic, which changes each year. All reference materials are listed and/or linked on the NYS Envirothon website: www.nysenvirothon.org.
For more information, please email Erin Peruzzini
Environmental Awareness Week at Frank Knight School!
Each year Frank Knight Elementary School (K-2) in Seneca Falls focuses on studying New York State environment and its conservation during Environmental Awareness Week in October. During the Family Night at the school, the District has a table among others, that display conservation education. Alaina Robarge, Educator from Ontario County Soil and Water Conservation is our representative.