Cornell Cooperative Extension to host Conservation Field Days May 23-24

Submitted Photo Andy Dufresne teaches local 5th graders about the grape industry in Chautauqua County.

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is hosting the 52nd annual Conservation Field Days at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center in Bemus Point on May 23-24.

Conservation Field Days is an opportunity for area fifth graders to learn a variety of conservation related topics and explore careers in conservation. Conservation professionals and enthusiasts volunteer to staff more than 35 stations. Nearly 1,000 youth from nearly 40 schools tour seven stations. Chautauqua County Soil and Water, the Department of Environmental Protection, Audubon, Allegany State Park, Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Beekeepers Association and many more local conservation organizations take part to educate youth about conservation in an “out of the classroom” experience.

Conservation Field Days exemplifies the New York State 4-H mission of connecting youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. Chautauqua County 4-H is proud to have had the opportunity to offer Conservation Field Days to county youth for over fifty years.

Anyone who is a conservation enthusiast and would be interested in volunteering at Conservation Field Days can contact the 4-H Office at 664-9502 ext. 214 for more information and to register.