Conservation Celebration Provides Educational Opportunities for Children
CURWENSVILLE – Despite the rain and wet weather, families still crowded into Pavilion 5 at the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area on Saturday for the eighth annual Conservation Celebration hosted by the Clearfield County Conservation District.
The educational event offers hands-on activities for children and their families. It presented opportunities to learn about bald eagles, reptiles and amphibians. There was also an interactive stream table that helped children discover velocity and the natural dynamics of a stream.
“It’s always the look of wonder on the faces of the children as they see and learn new things and discover the many mysteries of nature,” said District Manager Susan Reed. She added this is her favorite part of hosting the event. “Equally amazing are the faces of adults who may have never had the opportunities to learn about the things on display.”
All activities were free and also included fishing, a weaving demonstration using fleece from bunnies and goats, kayaking, interactive displays, games and crafts. PA Wildlife Habitat Unlimited volunteers helped children build a bird house. Children visited with Smoky the Bear and were treated to free mountain pies and sno-cones.
The state’s Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) fire crew offered activities for the children as well. These involved Indian Tanks that are used to extinguish forest fires. Children were able to try their hand at using the tanks.
“Educational opportunities help everyone understand the necessity of protecting our natural resources and the many recreational opportunities available,” Reed said.
She said last year’s event was cancelled at the last minute due to flooding. This year there were periods of heavy rain, but it didn’t dampen spirits of those in attendance. However, she said it was unfortunate that the farm animals weren’t brought in as planned because of the weather.
Reed said they had to move some activities around and into pavilions due to rain. She said they usually plan for 300 children and hoped to share the available activities with at least that many participants.