BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Rich Mountain Conservation District and the Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association recently sponsored the 2015 Great Outdoors Ag Day that was held at the Fairgrounds. Students from area 5th grade classrooms attended the event that taught the students many aspects of agriculture, water conservation, geocaching, and more.
In groups, the 250 students rotated from one station to the next while learning about the importance of water conservation, erosion, and water quality, as well as tree identification, how to avoid and treat hypothermia, and the chance to see snakes, turtles, fish, and even pet a live alligator.
The participating presenters were the Arkansas Forestry Commission, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Rich Mountain Conservation District, Cossatot Conservation District, Cossatot River State Park, Arkansas Farm Bureau, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Tyson Foods.