Information on Your Waushara County
In 2006, the Land Conservation and Zoning Office put into action a plan to help educate area students about their environment, and from this plan Conservation Field Days was born.
With the cooperation of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin De-partment of Natural Resources, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Corporation, along with the Land Conservation and Zoning Department, a day of environmental learning was held for fifth grade students from all county public schools.
In its first year, 230 students, plus teachers, chaperones, bus drivers, and group leaders were present at the Mecan Discovery Center. Students rotated through nine learning stations covering: composting/bug/worms; groundwater; water quality; watershed; aquatic invasive species; predator prey relationships; wildlife; soils; survey/water drainage/elevations, and forestry. All of Waushara County public, parochial and home-schooled fifth graders were invited to attend, with each school district bussing students to the center.
Students brought their own bag lunch, and enjoyed the day at the Discovery Center grounds, which was donated by the center’s owner. Habitat Forever arranged for the Agrecol Corporation to donate wildflower seed to hand out to the students and the Wisconsin Dairy Counsel donated milk for lunch.