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SWCD hosts area fifth graders

The Becker Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual 5th Grade Conservation Tour at Ike Fischer’s Farm near Frazee this week.

Despite chilly temps and brief showers this last Tuesday, fifth graders from Detroit Lakes, Holy Rosary, and Frazee Elementary enjoyed their time on the farm and learned a lot about different aspects of the environment.

The tour was unfortunately canceled for Waubun-Ogema and Lake Park-Audubon on Monday, due to weather. 

The students stopped at 5 different hands on stations where they learned about forestry, water quality, aquatic invasive species, birding and sawmills/logging.

Stations were manned by volunteers including Wilma Hanson,  Sally Hausken, staff from Pelican River Watershed District, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Conservation Service and of course, Ike Fischer himself.

This was the 47th consecutive year for the 5th Grade Conservation Tour.  The cooperative efforts of the schools, conservation agencies, volunteers, and Ike Fischer have made for a successful conservation educational experience for the students.

Once again Ike led the logging station like he has done many years in the past. He has done so much over the years for conservation and the 5th Grade Conservation Tour

Other agencies participating in the event included the following:

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Becker County Environmental Services
  • Pelican River Watershed District
  • MN DNR Forestry Volunteers
  • Sucker Creek Preserve
  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources