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Conservation Field Day

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