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For Release: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DEC Annual Environmental Fair Kicks Off Today

More than 600 students from eight Capital Region elementary schools will participate in the annual three-day Environmental Fair at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, Albany County, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Director of Public Affairs and Education Laurel Remus announced today.

DEC staff members will conduct round-robin presentations in a field-day format during the three-day fair, which runs through Thursday.

"We are very pleased to once again offer a variety of exciting hands-on activities that will teach tomorrow's leaders about the importance of our environment, including our air, water, forests, minerals and wildlife populations," Remus said. "In addition, students will learn about composting, geology, preventing pollution, recycling, spill cleanup, pesticide management, as well as the duties of our forest rangers and environmental conservation officers."

DEC has received a great deal of immediate and positive feedback from teachers and students alike, including the following note received last year from a Lincoln Elementary School teacher:

"My students learned so much by the hands-on experiences. Please thank all of the participants for making this a most memorable day, with so much learning. It is wonderful to observe the enthusiasm of 8 year olds. We have been fortunate to be chosen to attend this day for several years. I find it extremely valuable. Many students today have little knowledge of wildlife and lack the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Their excitement about each station was amazing to see and many came back to school eager to explore further." Thank you!

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