Forest Conservation Days is an annual event that provides an outdoor classroom for fifth-grade students to explore the web of life. While guided through the forest students encounter dynamic stations including a sawmill, wildlife, tree nursery, forest products, fire science, logging equipment, local history, archaeology and some new exhibits every year.
The day consists of two parts; the first is a 2-hour trail walk with a professional forest manager, resource specialist or Forestry student the second is aimed at educating the students on various forestry and forest issues. This program has become a popular mainstay and occurs annually during the last full week of September. Over 60,000 5th grade students, teachers, scouts, parents, and public participants have attended since 1991. Many school science standards are met, as well as history, through the archaeology and local history stations.
Students arrive at the site and a guide leads each group of 10-20 students and chaperones through the trail, pointing out objects of interest, and answering questions, providing an interactive experience in the forest. For further information on attending Forest Conservation Days, contact Nettie Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Savin-Dukleth at email@example.com.