Woodmobile events give students hands-on lesson

As part of Woodmobile events at the Warren County Fairgrounds, students Brooke Alspaugh, Henry Viator, Alexandria Farrel, Justin Rich, Alex Hangge, Riley Stanko, Regan Migne, Haylee Martin, Gage Shaffer, Tanner Carlson and Mereah Jones played a game showing the interaction between fish and habitat while Jen Moore of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) looked on. In the game, some students played fish who ran across the field and tagged other students playing habitat. Tagged students then went to the fish side, showing how more fish than available habitat left some fish with none.

Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group hosted the event which gave all Warren County School District (WCSD) grade three students and their peers from West Forest the chance to see and participate in presentations from the Group, Drake Well Museum, Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania Game Commission and even William Penn himself, who gave a talk about the forest.

“We’re lucky today we have a great day,” John Lasher, school-to-work coordinator for WCSD through the Warren Forest Higher Education Council said. “It’s just a great opportunity for the kids to learn about Pennsylvania and the forests of Pennsylvania and they really have fun too.”

Students visited the Woodmobile itself, the Drake Well Museum’s mobile unit and a number of buildings on the fairgrounds for presentations on forest careers, paper making, forest sustainability, wildlife management, uses of forest products and wildlife issues.

Approximately 290 students participated in the event, which is organized as part of the school-to-work program and in it’s ninth year.