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Conservation Field Day

Conservation Field Day (CFD) 2020 was held in virtual format.  Teachers who signed up to participate were given access to a Google Drive folder that contains 15+ presentations and activities, many from our long time and beloved presenters.  There were favorites such as Bird Watching & Nature Exploration, Campfire Safety, Egg Take at a Fish Hatchery, History of Trapping, Insectaganza, Invasive Species, and Wastewater Treatment.  This same format will be used in 2021 and we look forward to the return of the in-person event in 2022.  For details about the in-person event please see the information below from 2019.


Selkirk Shores State Park in Richland was the site of the 31st annual Oswego County Conservation Field Day (CFD) on September 19, 2019.  Approximately 225 fifth-grade students from four schools participated.  CFD was developed as a way to introduce students to a variety of environmental topics, and to further develop an appreciation of Oswego County’s natural resources.

Each of the twenty classes who participated in the event attended five different outdoor classroom stations.  The presenters at the stations were specialists from various environmental fields.  At each station, students spent twenty minutes listening and participating in discussions and activities.  Teachers were encouraged to follow-up on the topics when they return to the classroom.  Some of the presentation titles were: Birdwatching, Campfire Safety and Forest Fire Prevention, Insect Olympics, Making a Turkey Call, Tree Identification and Growth, and Trout and Salmon of the Salmon River.

Each year, all fifth grade classes in Oswego County are invited to attend, and spaces for the program are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Sponsorship for this program was provided by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Selkirk Shores State Park.

CFD 2019

Instructor: Joe McMullen

Affiliation: Environmental Consultant/Botanist

CFD 2019

Instructors: Alivia Sheffield & Zoe Hutchins

Affiliation: NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Preservation