Over the past few months, undergraduate and graduate student members of the Science Corps have contributed to the success of several community outreach events. The Great New York State Fair was the first stop on the Science Corps’ “Fall Tour.” On a brisk, drizzly Labor Day in September, five brave undergraduate and four equally courageous graduate student Science Corps members volunteered their knowledge and time at SUNY-ESF’s festival tent.
ESF Science Corps proudly featured ESF SCIENCE Summer Camps Investigating Ecology in Neighborhood and City Environments. Displays and activities inspired by the summer science camp program, included Fashion a Fish, an imaginative exercise where kids of all ages enjoyed constructing and coloring their own fish while learning about the adaptations the fish uses to survive in its environment; Canaries of the Stream: The Use of Macroinvertebrates for Assessing Water Quality; and Wood Duck Conservation, a display that spotlights the partnership between ESF SCIENCE and the Central New York Wildfowlers.
Next up for the Science Corps was Gander Mountain Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, which is one of the largest celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day in New York State. At this event, the Science Corps was joined by undergrad and grad students from Environmental and Forest Biology (EFB). The EFB students encouraged countless young children to discover the beauty and importance of the environment through a creative “Nature Journaling” activity. In addition, visitors were treated to posters of current fisheries and wildlife research and free copies of Professor D. Andrew Saunders’ Adirondack Mammals.
Finally, on a seasonally brisk Saturday in early October, the Science Corps set up their traveling ESF SCIENCE show at the Lake Street PTA Harvest Festival in Chittenango. The day began with a chilly and entertaining romp in Chittenango Creek to collect the aquatic bugs that were to enchant and provoke many inquisitive youth that day.
These events really showcased the spirit and enthusiasm that ESF students have for community outreach and public education!
A special thanks to the following students that contributed to this fall’s programs
Sarah Seib, Lee Raza, Beth Hodson, David Williams, Kay Hajek, Lea Calhoun, Nate Anderson, Mandy Fritzen, Katie O’Rourke, Julie Greenfield, Katie Barnhill, Travis Spier, Steve Fox, Laura Hahn, Chris Nack, Emily Waldt, Amy Dechen, and Tony Siniscal.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can become a member of the ESF Science Corps, please contact Dr. Rick Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org.