'Environment Appreciation Days' need volunteer help

Cornell students and other members of the Cornell community are needed to take part in 4-H's annual Environmental Appreciation Days, scheduled this year for May 1, 4 and 7.

The Environment Appreciation program is designed to help local fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders learn more about the natural environment and to foster a sense of stewardship. Last year more than 1,200 students participated. This year 70 volunteer instructors are needed to teach

50-minute hands-on workshops about birds, trees, composting, geology, pond ecology and other topics. Volunteers can either work alone or co-teach with a friend. Teaching supplies and help in planning lessons are available from 4-H.

The workshops will take place at Cornell Plantations, local state parks and at other sites around the county. Volunteer instructors may participate for one, two or all three days. Volunteers who do not wish to serve as instructors may work as site coordinators, organizing instructors and students for events, and to make sure the day runs smoothly.

To sign up or get more information, contact Janet Harper at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, (607) 272-2292 (jch33@cce.cornell.edu), or on campus contact Joanne Gruttadaurio at 20 Plant Science, (607) 255-1792 (jg17@cornell.edu).

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