County students gather for annual EnviroFest

Marion?s resident environmentalist Lloyd Davies leads a session on macro invertebrates during this year?s EnviroFest in Central Park Sept. 17.  This year?s event featured seven stations in all, ranging topics from a soil trailer to a rainfall simulator. Don Ratzlaff / Free PressAbout 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.

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