About 160 fourth-grade students from all Marion County school districts, as well as Cottonwood Grove School and home-schooled students, were invited to this year?s EnviroFest Sept. 17 in Marion?s Central Park.
The annual event has students participate in a series of learning stations that focus on various aspects of the local environment.
This year?s lineup included:
? A soil trailer that explains how soil is formed and what keeps it healthy, led by Angela Beavers, Geary County Conservation District manager.
? A game that teaches students what elements are necessary for trees to grow and thrive, led by Dennis Carl?ton, a Kansas state forester.
? An introduction to macro invertebrates and how theses creatures that inhabit streams help people determine water quality, led by Lloyd Davies, an environmentalist from Marion.
? A stream trailer that demonstrates how rivers and streams interact to form a watershed, coordinated by Angela Ander?son of the Twin Lakes Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy.
? A rainfall simulator that demonstrates the importance of keeping soil covered with vegetation to avoid erosion, coordinated by Betty Richmond, Marion County Conservation District manager.
? An enviroscape where students learn through a hands-on activity how pollutants enter streams and lakes, led by Tonya Richards, Marion County sanitarian and planning and zoning officer.
? a demonstration how wheat is made into bread led by Mary Beth Bowers, a local farmer and representative of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association.