October 4, 2013

Fielding curiosity: SWCD hosts fifth-grade conservation day

Fifth-graders descend on Izaak Walton League for conservation day

Photos by Steve Summers

---- — They were having a field day with the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District — literally.

Fifth-graders from Pioneer, Galveston, Caston and All Saints elementaries trekked out to Izaak Walton League on Ind. 17 north of Logansport Wednesday for the district's annual fifth-grade conservation field day.

About 260 children were treated to hands-on presentations about wildlife, forestry and wetlands, among other subjects, according to Judy Buttice, education coordinator for the conservation district.

The event helps children "realize that the environmental future is in their hands," said Buttice. "Without soil we have no food. Without water you can only live three days... If our green grass and our trees are gone, you can't breathe."

Wednesday was the first time the conservation district had the field day at Izaak Walton League. In the past, Buttice said, it's been at France Park or local farms. She was pleased with the Izaak Walton League.

"It turned out to be a beautiful place to hold it," Buttice said.

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151. Twitter: @PharosSME