THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Largest Group Ever at Conservation Camp
A total of 93 Middle School students and 22 staff members attended the Eighth Annual Sand Lake Conservation Camp held June 21-23 at Camp Bird, Crivitz. The 115 total attendance marks the largest group to ever attend the camp.
Sand Lake Conservation camp provides positive educational outdoor experiences, helps foster appreciation and understanding of nature, and introduces a variety of opportunities in natural resources and conservation careers. Professionals from various natural resource and conservation agencies presented program on topics like wildlife, habitat, ecosystems, water quality, fisheries, forestry, orienteering and canoeing.
Anne Bartels, Information and Education Specialist in the Marinette County Land and Water Conservation Department headed up this year's camp, along with the help of the Marinette County Parks Department, the Lake Michigan Land and Water Conservation Association, Tiny Green Cabins, and the Wisconsin DNR.
Despite a rain delay on Friday morning, this year's campers found out what it takes to be a DNR Conservation Warden, met reptiles and amphibians up close and personal, caught and identified aquatic critters and learned how water quality affects them, met live animals from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, examine real skulls and furs from Wisconsin native mammals, learned about Wisconsin's native fish and how biologists study them, talked with foresters about the work they do, learned about protecting and managing wildlife habitats, tested their outdoor skill in campfire building, and many more camp-related activities.