Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Earth Calendar for October 29th and October 30th

The focus of the Kentucky Conservation Districts’ Conservation Art and Writing Contests this year is forests.

Forests are more than “just a bunch of trees.” They are complex communities that support a rich variety of plants and animals. They protect fragile soils from erosion, purify water and even, by reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, improve air quality. Forests cover 47 percent of Kentucky’s land area - some 12 million acres. They provide employment for more than 35,000 Kentuckians and wood industries add an estimated $8.5 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year.  Knowledge of the roles forests play in nature’s patterns, along with how they serve people, may help a student become a willing participant in the care of, and concern for, the future of this valuable resource.  To enter the contests, students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative artwork and persuasive articles, letters, editorials, or speeches. Entries are submitted through the student’s school and the school submits the top three entries to the conservation district. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels. School and county winners are also recognized each year by their county conservation district.  The deadline to enter is Monday, December 3rd.  A contest brochure, teacher’s guide with resources and teaching ideas, and other contest materials are available at the Kentucky Division of Conservation. For more information, contact the: Boone County Conservation District, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, Ky. 41005 or call 859-586-7903.

On Our Calendar:  Register your three to five year old for a Turkey  Adventure which includes activities, a story and a craft and your child will learn all about these large forest birds. Sharon Woods Sharon Center, November 1st, 2:00 pm. To register visit  www.greatparks.org