Cass County fifth graders celebrated environmental learning at the third annual Keep Cass County Beautiful Youth Environmental Fair Sept. 27 at the Cass County Fairgrounds. Local educators, master gardeners, foresters, conservation technicians and other volunteers set up educational booths and interacted with 261 students. The purpose of the fair was to help student learn how to take better care of the environment and to make real-world connections.
Topics included a groundwater flow model demonstration, benefits of trees, a Lingo Bingo game, endangered species, litter education, the Littered Landscape Game, bees in food production, mammals, home safety display, beneficial flower exhibit, recycling education, energy efficiency, tobacco education, household hazardous waste and landfills. Students and their teachers had the choice to attend either a morning session of two and a half hours or an afternoon session.
Students from Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville, Plattsmouth and Weeping Water attended the event. The Environmental Fair was made possible with grant funding from the Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program of Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Cass County Agriculture Society Board of Directors, memberships and help from 30 volunteers.