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Ellacoya State Park, July 23

The 2011 Great Park Pursuit Grand Finale took place at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford on Saturday, July 23, and it was a fun day of environmental activities. The Belknap County Conservation District sponsored this event and planned a variety of fun and educational nature-driven activities for the teams. An awards ceremony was also held to celebrate each team's success in this summer adventure!

Guided Events

Soils
Ever wonder what lies in the dirt beneath your feet? Come learn about the importance of soil to the health of the environment in this hands-on activity. You’ll build a soil tent, construct a soil monolith, and even make a Harry Potter-themed soil creation. Let the magic begin!
Activity times: 10:00-10:45 am / 11:15 am-12:00 pm / 12:30-1:15 pm
 
Geology
Rocks rock! Engage in a geology presentation to learn about the formation of rocks, and examine a variety of rock samples. Listen closely, you may be quizzed!
Activity times: 10:30-11:15 am / 11:30 am-12:15 pm / 12:45-1:30 pm
 
Fisheries
Something’s fishy! Meet NH Fish and Game staff to learn about different methods of fish research and participate in an NH Wild Aquatic activity. You’ll get to see some of the equipment they use to study fish species and collect samples. You'll also have the chance to become a salmon and experience what it’s like to navigate through the different stages of your life cycle in Hooks & Ladders  
Activity times: 10:00-10:45 am / 11:00-11:45 am / 12:15-1:00 pm

 
Water Quality Testing
‘Water’ you waiting for? Come learn about the importance of water quality monitoring in this interactive session. You’ll venture to the lake’s edge with water testing equipment to learn about sampling, and take your own samples.
Activity times: 10:15-11:00 am / 11:15 am-12:00 pm / 12:30-1:15 pm

Drop-In Events

Enviroscape
You get to make rain and learn how people and our activities impact the water quality where we live. Learn more about Enviroscape here.

Incredible Journey
Follow a water drop on its journey through the water cycle. Learn more about the Incredible Journey here

NH State Parks Map
Test your knowledge of New Hampshire State Park locations with this giant map!

About the Event Day Sponsor

The Belknap County Conservation District is dedicated to conservation education and responsible use of our natural resources. BCCD's mission is to provide for the wise use, management and development of the county's soil, water and related resources. The organization undertakes conservation projects and provides adult, educator, and student training programs in natural resources. As a county and grant-supported organization, Belknap County Conservation District relies heavily on the efforts of dedicated volunteers and donors. If you're interested in learning more, donating, or volunteering, please visit the BCCD webpage or e-mail them.