The event was also a great place to meet other local groups who promote stewardship. We met with leaders of both Boy and Girl Scout organizations who wanted to know how their young people could become involved with volunteering in partnership with the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewardship and Habitat Program (ELODSRSHP). Potential volunteer opportunities include invasive species removal and organized beach cleanups--two areas where the more enthusiastic volunteers who pitch in, the better the result! We also made another exciting connection with Fort Drum Community Outreach Educator, John Pike. John was interested developing a relationship between the ELODSRSHP and the Fort Drum community so that the stewards could educate soldiers and their families about fun and proper usage of local resource areas.
The Wild Center at Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks was another presenter at the fair. The Wild Center is a museum including live animals and exhibits that change daily. Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County also had a display; they have a program specifically dedicated to Agriculture and Natural Resources in Jefferson County. There is a multitude of fun and educational outdoor programs and activities in Oswego, Jefferson and other counties across New York State. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Events section of this blog to find out what's happening next!