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Forestry
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Water Quality
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Wildlife
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Soils
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Libby
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Casper

Fifth Grade Conservation Day

Students from St. Mary’s, Rothsay, and Breckenridge enjoyed the outdoors, hand-on learning stations at the 32nd Annual Fifth Grade Conservation Day held at Chahinkapa Park on September 14th.   Stations included forestry, soils, wildlife, water quality, prairies, and Chahinkapa Zoo.   

 

Staff of the Richland Soil Conservation District explained the many facts and benefits of planting conifer and deciduous trees.   

 

Students looked in the pond for biological invertebrates with the help of staff from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  The kinds and types of invertebrates that were found were then used as indicators to determine the quality of the water.

 

While discussing wildlife conservation and habitats, students had the opportunity to see and feel the many different pelts provided by theMinnesota DNR – Conservation Officer.  

 

Wilkin SWCD and NRCS staff hosted a game called “Soil Jeopardy”.  Teams of students were asked questions and competed for points as they learned about soil formation, soil use, soil life and soil conservation.   

 

New this year was a fun game of Prairie BINGO introduced by the staff of the Natural Resource Conservation Service challenged the students’ knowledge of wildlife, plants, habitats, and benefits of our prairies.  Winners were determined by the first to fill their team bingo card. 

 

During the final learning station, students were shown confiscated items made from endangered wildlife and then had the opportunity to get a close-up to Casper the snake, JoJo the armadillo, and Libby the ferret while learning their unique characteristics and habits from the Chahinkapa Zoo staff.