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Students learn about conservation at Delta Lake

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) -- About 250 sixth graders from Rome spent Tuesday morning at Delta Lake learning about conservation.

The students rotated among 12 stations, learning about different careers, recycling, conserving resources, conservation on farms and more. And they're getting hands on experience from professionals.

The Department of Environmental Conservation, Forest Rangers, the Farm Bureau, Fishing in Oneida County and even the Utica Zoo gave lessons on Tuesday.

Students said they're having a lot of fun, and learning a lot too.

"We learned about all these kinds of invasive species like the Emerald ash borer which attacks Ash Trees and they have these purple traps so they can stop them and we also learned about farming and how they can stop erosion on their farming on like hills and stuff," said sixth grader, Justin Watson.

"Many kids don't get to the local parks these days and this gives them an opportunity to be outdoors to interact with conservation and learn more about it, so hopefully they go back and are encouraged to go outdoors more and be active in their communities like recycling, taking part in that," said Holly Wise, extension educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County.

Another group of student from several different schools in Oneida County will be at Delta Lake for the same program next week.

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