Conservation Camp was held on Friday, June 19th at the Harbor Point 4H Camp. The rain was a light sprinkle most of the day, but that didn’t stop kids from having fun and learning. This year’s theme was all-things fish.
An E. coli warning prevented us from fishing in Grand Lake, so we worked on casting skills in the grassy yard behind the dorms. In the morning, Mort Pugh talked about the St. Marys Fish Hatchery and brought along fish the hatchery raises. Pheasants Forever Biologist Jason Jones walked through the importance of wetlands and passed around different plants. We had octopus (hotdogs) for lunch and headed full speed into the afternoon.
The afternoon brought in taxidermist Adam Sawmiller with several examples of preserved animal pelts. State Wildlife Officer Kelsey Brockman helped kids set up fishing rigs. Local and thriving United States Freshwater Boaters Alliance (USFBA) promoted boat safety and held life jacket races. The day wrapped up with a steady drizzle and a game of Camouflage.
Submitted by Abbey Tobe, GLWWA Watershed Coordinator