Herkimer County students get hands-on education at field day

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Sixth grade students from 10 Herkimer County schools got hands-on learning Wednesday during the 4-H Conservation Field Day at the Herkimer Diamond Mines.

About 600 students went from station to station, learning about such things as bee keeping, tree planting and water safety via whitewater rafting.

"We bring them out because kids tend to learn hands-on much better than sitting in a classroom with a book," said Jennifer Collins, 4-H educator in Herkimer County. "Not that it doesn't have priority, but when kids are out and able to touch stuff and see it and be outside, they tend to absorb it and retain it."

The State Department of Conservation also had representatives available to teach everything from wood safety to deer management.

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