Forestry Committee presents Adopt-a-School program
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Coosa County students enjoy the Adopt-a-School program presented by the Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee. Photo submitted
Students learn more about sun protection at this learning station during the Adopt-a-School program. Photo submitted
Janet Lovelady, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension agent for Coosa and Chilton counties, teaches students more about 4-H. Photo submitted
Pinky and Tom Reichert, at right, help students learn about water conservation at the enviroscape station. Photo submitted
Drew Metzler; Regional Extension agent for forestry, wildlife and natural resources; helps students learn how to identify snakes during the Adopt-a-School program. Photo submitted
Landowner Doug McConnell teaches students about tree identification at one of the Adopt-a-School learning stations. Photo submitted
Landowner Sara Baldwin helps students learn about horse care and trail riding during the program. Photo submitted
The Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee presented its adjusted Adopt-a-School program last Friday.
Concerns amid COVID-19 delayed the committee in having its traditional program in 2020 at a landowner’s property. To keep from having another delay in 2021, the Coosa Forestry Planning Committee partnered with Coosa County School System to implement the annual Adopt-a-School program with the school enrichment summer camp.
Students had an opportunity to learn about tree identification, horse care, enviroscape – water conservation, snake identification, sun protection, and 4-H by participating in six learning stations.
Presenters were landowners Sara Baldwin, Doug McConnell and Pinky Reichert. Presenters from state agencies were Drew Metzler, Regional Extension agent for forestry, wildlife and natural resources; Janet Lovelady, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension agent for Coosa and Chilton counties; and Sharon Haynes, Coosa County Extension coordinator, all with Auburn University – Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Other planning committee members assisting were Ricky Porch, Tom Reichert and Spencer Hardy.
In addition to the learning stations, students received a special learning opportunity from the Alabama 4-H Center Raptor Trek Program.
Despite not having a traditional program, County Extension Coordinator Sharon Haynes stated this was an opportunity for students to stay engaged with some form of environmental/forestry learning.
“We, Coosa County Forestry Planning Committee, want to continue to service not just our landowners, but future landowners like our students,” Haynes said. “They are our future, and we must continue to educate and provide engagement activities that will enable them to learn stewardship and ownership. All partners; including Coosa County Soil and Water Conservation, Coosa County Extension Office and 4-H; played a part in making this day for Coosa students. What a great way to end the school summer enrichment program.”