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NRCS Employees Help Educate NH's Students on Soils and Pollinators

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Dan Wright presenting a bee frame and photo of a queen bee Students completing an activity simulating pollinating and collecting nectar.

Mast Way Elementary School

Dan Wright, NRCS New Hampshire District Conservationist in Epping, taught 3rd and 4th graders about bees and other pollinators at the Mast Way School "Agriculture Day". The kids enjoyed learning about pollination and how our food chain relies on the services of pollinators.  Dan said he was "also surprised by how engaged the adults were and the great questions that came from all age groups".  The entire school took part in the agriculture day with the students each getting to attend three sessions geared towards their age groups. 

 

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Peter Whitcomb in Soil Pit Peter giving instructions to Envirothon Teams Envirothon Soil Pit

New Hampshire Envirothon

The 2013 Envirothon was held at SNHU on May 21st.  Twenty six teams participated, representing a dozen New Hampshire schools.  The team from Keene High School had the highest combined score and will be heading to the National Envirothon competition in Bozeman, Montana in August. 

The NRCS was represented by Peter Whitcomb, who is the Chair of the Envirothon Soils Committee.  Peter developed the soil exam and prepared the soils profile for the students to observe and describe during the soils portion of the competition.

John Hodsdon (BCCD Chairman) and Adrian Whitcomb (MCCD intern) assisted Peter with field prep and scoring the soils exam.