Our Conservation Field Day is held yearly at the Norbert Rich School Forest. The Norbert Rich School Forest is a 43.5 acre tree farm/forest willed to the Winneconne Community School District by Mr. Rich who passed away in 2012. He designed a stewardship forestry plan and was very much involved with natural resource conservation. Mr. Rich created a wildlife sanctuary on his property which is surrounded by farmland. This ideal habitat found on the property supports a large deer and turkey population along with a variety of other wildlife species.
The Norbert Rich School Forest provides an amazing outdoor classroom experience for our Conservation Field Day. Fouth grade students from the Winneconne Community School District are brought together in one place to learn at four different stations about forestry, wildlife, soils, and water quality. These four stations, hosted by agencies from the Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, provided students an opportunity to learn about conservation related topics first hand in a natural setting. Our objective of the outdoor classrom experience is for students to have a better understanding of the importance of our natural resources and what people can do to help improve and protect them.
We are expecting this event to grow in the future as we continue to partner with the Winneconne Community School District.