The Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District was host to Fulton County’s third grade students and their teachers for the 11th annual Ag Fest Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Each station of information correlated with the state curriculum standards as supported by Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for science, language arts, math, and social studies.
Supported by many local sponsors and volunteers, the Ag Fest was open to third graders from all Fulton County schools, both public and parochial. This is the third year for the third graders, as Ag Fest began as a learning laboratory for fourth graders.
“The Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Region 1 combine on these educational events very effectively,” said Julie Lause from the Wood County SWCD. “The counties have similar blends of urban and rural areas.
“Everything, even the smallest thing, each person or family can do to help keep our water supply cleaner is so worthwhile,” she added. “It is always easier to keep a room clean and tidy than to mess it up and try to recover.”
During the Ag Fest experience, students spend the day rotating around to a variety of stations where they have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning. The stations offer information on safety, activities in a blacksmith shop, then and now, Potawatomi Indian traditions and artifacts, grain, agriculture, soils, pork, bees, goats, water, small animals, bugs and dairy. Every 20 minutes or so, there was a short break to walk between the stations and there was time allotted for rest room breaks and lunch time.
Experienced presenters from throughout Northwest Ohio took the time to explain to the students the importance of agriculture and the environment in their daily lives. This event has become an event that both teachers and parents look forward to each year.
The schools that participated included Archbold, Delta, Evergreen, Fayette, Holy Trinity School, Pettisville, St. Richard Elementary, Swanton, and Wauseon.
Norris Ledyard can be reached at 419-330-1813