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Hands-on activities engage students at annual Conservation Education Day

 Culinary students pose with representative from The Culinary Institute of America

Fifth-graders from Franklin Square and Bethpage school districts get up close and personal with animal skulls and soil samples as part of the annual Conservation Education Day sponsored by Nassau BOCES Outdoor and Environmental Education program. The event draws students from Nassau County schools to the Cradle of Aviation Museum where twelve non-profit organizations and environmental groups offer hands-on instruction on topics related to Long Island’s own natural resources – including water conservation, recycling, pollination and Long Island’s aquifers, along with local birds, mammals and marine life. Taking advantage of this year’s venue, students also viewed the conservation-themed movie, “Whales: An Unforgettable Journey,” on the museum’s giant-screen dome theater.