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PLA’s Freshwater Fair by Lyn Johnson, Manager

The Pokegama Lake Association will host its 19th annual Freshwater Fair for 5th grade students, on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  The Freshwater Fair provides an opportunity for our PLA mission to educate area youth on the importance of healthy, unpolluted lakes and rivers, to be taught in a fun and interactive format.  Students learn how they can become stewards of the environment.

We have good news to share!  The PLA Freshwater Fair is the recipient of the Pine County Legacy Grant for $1,000 and Pokegama Township’s Grant of $750.  These grant monies help make our mission statements possible.  Thank You Pine County and Pokegama Township.

On the day of the Freshwater Fair, teachers and students arrive between 8:30 – 8:55 a.m.  Students move to assigned learning stations beginning at 9:00 a.m. and rotate to different stations throughout the day.   The Fair ends at 2:00 p.m.  This year we are expecting 388 students and 32 teachers from Pine City Elementary, Hinckley, East Central, and Mora schools.  In addition to the students and teachers, we take into account the bus drivers, 16 Learning Station Instructors (with some having helpers), plus all of the PLA volunteers , which results in approximately 500 people taking part in some way.

Thanks to the partnership the PLA has with Pine City, the Pine County Fair Board, Pine County Extension 4-H, Snake River Conservation Club, and the VFW, we are able to use their buildings and parking lots.

The following list of presenters and topics indicates the variety of learning experiences the students will participate in.   Kudos to everyone!

*Science Museum of Minnesota  “Water Assembly”

*Science Museum of Minnesota  (2 classes) “Groundwater”

*DNR Fisheries  “Pine County Fish”

*Pine Soil & Water Conservation District  “The Incredible Journey”

*Pine County Sheriff’s Department  “Water Safety”

*Audubon Center of the North Woods  “Birds of Prey”

*DNR Forestry, Mora  “Forests”

*Kanabec Soil & Water Conservation District  “Soil and Water”

*UMN Extension Retired Educator  “Watersheds”

*Sea Grant Program, umn.edu  “Aquatic Invasives”

*St. Croix River Association  “Aquatic Invasives”

*MN Pollution Control   ”The Real Poop on Sewage”

*DNR St. Croix State Park  “River Creatures”

*PLA (Marietta Jacobsen)  “Would You Drink This Water?”

*PLA (Al Johnson)  “The Long Haul”