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    Conservation Fair at Union Fairgrounds

    2017 Conservation Fair - Thu, September 28, 2017 (Grades 5-8)

    The fair is offered free to public, private, and home school students.

    Every fall Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District brings together exhibitors and presenters with students from Knox and Lincoln county schools for a day of exploring conservation topics, environmental issues, live animals and farming, music, and fun. The Conservation Fair, now in its 16th year, is held annually on the last Thursday in September at the Union Fairgrounds (map), with even-numbered years reserved for early elementary students and odd-numbered years for middle school students. 

    Bring your students to the Conservation Fair to uncover the connections between the environment and their everyday lives. Throughout the day, up to 30 presenters from federal, state, and local agencies and non-profits will engage teachers and students in age-appropriate demonstrations or activities. Topics include aquaponics, tree identification, local foods taste-testing - and lots more! 

    Please contact Rebecca Jacobs, Education/Outreach Coordinator, at rebecca@knox-lincoln.org or 207 596 2040.

    Highlights: 2013 Conservation Fair for Grades 5 - 8

    Many thanks to Knox & Lincoln counties and our 2013 business sponsors:
    A.E. Sampson & Son, Good Tern Coop, Rising Tide Coop, Viking Lumber

    2013 Featured Presenters

    Wind Over Wings – Live Birds of Prey
    Earth Jams (Matt Loosigan) – Interactive Music for Students and the Environment

    Click HERE for a complete list of all 2013 exhibitors and presenters

    In 2013 more than 450 middle-school students from Knox and Lincoln county schools, their teachers and chaperones were all treated to more than 20 exhibits and demonstrations by state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations on various aspects of land and water conservation, energy efficiency, and the benefits of local and sustainable food production.
    Throughout the day, student groups cycled through the exhibits, interacting with presenters and getting hands-on experience.

    One of the KLSWCD goals for the Conservation Fair is to encourage opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, as demonstrated by the middle school students in Herring Gut Learning Center’s aquaponics program for a number of years. These students bring their travelling aquaponics display, as well as pH and bacteria sampling equipment, every year to show other students how they grow fish and lettuce symbiotically. This year, we added another student display: Hope Elementary 7th graders developed a series of wildlife board games for the Coastal Mountain Land Trust “Go Scat” exhibit. We hope to continue this trend by including additional student projects in future years.

    Highlights: 2012 Conservation Fair for Grades 1 - 4


    Our thanks to Waldoboro Business Park for contributing to the 2012 Conservation Fair!

    Fair draws more than 800 students!

    On September 27, more than 800 elementary students from Knox and Lincoln counties enjoyed a sunny, warm, and breezy day while learning about the environment at Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water District’s Conservation Fair.

    Students, teachers, and chaperones had the opportunity to visit 30 exhibits including:

    • salt & fresh water touch tanks
    • forest tree & wildlife skin and skull ID
    • pollination and seed dispersal activities
    • soil conservation practices for blueberry production
    • honeybee observation hive
    • fiber spinning demonstrations

    For the younger kids, District staff orchestrated a scavenger hunt with nature riddles and passport booklets to be stamped, while older students answered questions as they followed the “Conservation Trail.”

    New this year was the popular 4-H Farm to Fair Exhibit staffed by Ellie Libby (UM Cooperative Extension) and volunteers and staff from Aldemere Farm.

    Another big hit was the presentation on preventing forest fires: Sue Myers of Maine Forest Service roamed the grounds with Smokey Bear (masterfully animated by Pete Zuck, NRCS, in a very hot bear costume). 

    Three featured presentations rounded out the day:

    • Wind Over Wings, a wildlife education center in Dresden, presented a program with live, rehabilitated birds - two owls, a falcon, and a raven – providing students with an opportunity to make a personal connection with wildlife in aid of fostering a responsible stewardship of the environment.
    • Matt Loosigan, of Earth Jams Music for kids and the environment, had a chorus of 200 kids singing along with him and his guitar at each of four concerts.
    • St. George Carriage Company provided horse-drawn wagon rides around the fairgrounds all morning long.

    For a complete list of 2012 exhibitors, click HERE.

    Highlights 2011 Conservation Fair for Grades 5 - 8

    In 2011, more than 250 middle school students joined us to uncover the connections between the environment and our everyday lives. Throughout the day, students had an opportunity to

    - explore topics from Invasive Plants to Pollinators and Electricity from the Sun to Aquaponics
    - follow the Conservation Trail to test - and improve - their environmental literacy
    - roam the grounds to Meet the Beetles (Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer)
    - play along with the Merryspring Recycle Band
    - and lots more!

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