4-H Program to conduct Conservation Field Days this week

JAMESTOWN – Cornell Coopera-tive Extension of Chautauqua Coun-ty’s 4-H Program is proud to an-nounce the 47th Annual Conservation Fields Days Event, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center in Bemus Point.

Remembered by many as one of the greatest fifth-grade field trips in the county, Conservation Field Days provides Chautauqua County youth an opportunity to learn about environmental conservation issues “beyond classroom walls.” Conservation Field Days began in 1966 under the inspiration of James Gould, who was the Cornell Cooperative Extension Direc-tor who organized and implemented the first Conservation Field Days.

Conservation Field Days invites all Chautauqua County fifth-grade students to participate in seven sessions about conservation. This year 4-H is excited to have returning subject matter experts who will teach lessons related to conservation and the environment. 4-H is also seeking new instructors to teach engaging and interactive 20-minute presentations that relate to conservation. Some current topics include trapping, fishing, recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, grapes, wild flowers, bugs, rabies, baby animals and many more. Conservation Field Days provides a unique opportunity for adults to share their passion, knowledge, and talents with Chautauqua County students.

Conservation Field Days is one of many programs available through the Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development. Program activities and events are designed to provide children with quality youth development opportunities that otherwise may not be available.

Cornell Cooperative Extension development programs create a supportive learning environment in which diverse youth and adults reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, and caring citizens.

Through 4-H programs, youth experience opportunities for positive youth development including independence, belonging, generosity, and mastery. Conservation Field Day attendees are encouraged to interact with colleagues and adult instructors in learning about our environment and conservation. Youth may be asked by instructors to solve problems, work through a scenario, and/or observe natural occurrences.

Youth are encouraged to reflect on their experiences at Conservation Field Days through a countywide essay contest sponsored in conjunction with Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District.

If you would are interested in this event, other 4-H activities or have any questions, contact the 4-H Office, at 664-9502, ext. 214.