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1,000 sixth graders get lessons from the DEC

By KATRINA SMITH

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - One thousand sixth graders in the City of Rome got out of school Wednesday morning for a lesson on the world around them.

The New York State Department of Conservation got the students out of the classroom and out in the field at Delta Lake State Park as part of the Oneida County 4H Conservation Day.

The students got to learn about local farms, the Rome sand planes, recycling, and how to respect wildlife.

"We want to convey to the kids that when they interact with wildlife, whether they're in their own backyard, or in the wild, not to approach it, not to feed, to respect its presence, and just leave it alone," said Russel Ritzel of the DEC.

Dealing with black bears was also a big part of Wednesday's lessons.

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