Penn State Extension Service Newsletter for the Week of May 21, 2018

Free Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing - Penn State Extension in Franklin County is offering free testing on June 12 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension office. No need to bring your entire canner, just the lid. Sign up is not required. If you cannot attend, you can drop your canner lid off beforehand and pick it up later. You can also pick up free information on safe home food preservation methods. If you have any questions, please contact Penn State Extension Franklin County at 717-263-9226.
Penn State Franklin County Extension Master Gardener Program Accepting Applications - The 2018-2019 Training Class will meet on Wednesdays evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning September 5, 2018 through February 27, 2019. There is a $225 program fee to cover the cost of training materials and expenses. Applications are being accepted through July 31, 2018. For more information or to obtain an application, please email Donna Scherer, Franklin County Master Gardener Coordinator, at or call 717-263-9226. Information can also be found online at the Penn State Extension website:
Franklin County Conservation District Hosts CASD First Grade Field Trip
Jessica Kauffman, 4-H Program Assistant

The Franklin County Conservation District recently hosted the fifth annual First Grade Field Trip for the Chambersburg Area School District. This was the second year that the field trip was a full day event. The event took place over the course of four days at Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. During that time, 681 first graders from 31 classes across 13 different elementary schools, along with 100 adults (teachers and chaperones) were in attendance.
The students rotated through eight different stations during their designated day on the field trip. Presenters were comprised of staff from the Franklin County Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Penn State Extension. Each station used hands-on activities to educate the students. The topics of the stations included: Water Quality, Forestry, Dairy, Agriculture, Wildlife, and a scavenger hunt on a nature trail walk. 
Positive feedback was received from all those who participated. The Franklin County Conservation District and the team of presenters look forward to more opportunities to provide First Grade Field Trips for Chambersburg Area School District.

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