Providing education about water quality and environmental issues is a major goal of the Steuben County Lakes Council, Inc. How do we accomplish this? We constantly seek ways to Reach Out and Teach.
For First and Second Grade Students: For many years we have been partners with the Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District in an effort to teach. In the spring of each year we provide materials for first and second grade students at Carlin Park, Hendry Park, Pleasant Lake, and Fremont Elementary schools in observance of Soil and Water Conservation Week.
For Fourth Grade Students: Each September I join more than 400 fourth grade students from the county at Pokagon State Park to help with "Youth Conservation Field Day." The day is packed full of teaching about wildlife, outdoor safety, forestry, soils, fish, water quality issues, and recycling information. The Steuben County Lakes Council funds materials regarding environmental issues which are used in the classrooms as a follow up to this field day.
For College Age Students: We provide scholarship help for a Trine University student studying Civil and Environmental Engineering.
For Adults: We publish and mail to 7,000 property owners the Bobber Watchin' and the Soundings in an effort to keep lake property owners informed about current local water quality and environmental issues.
We need to continue reaching out to teach all ages about water quality issues in Steuben County. You make it possible for us to Reach Out and Teach through your annual membership contributions. You are involved in this work. Thank you for helping to Reach Out and Teach.
by Sue Myers