FAWN was held April 30 & May 1, 2019 at the Forestry Commission office. In the two-day event, 196 sixth grade students from Chatom, Fruitdale, Leroy, McIntosh and Millry schools visited seven stations where they learned about wildlife habitat, forest management, forest history, soils, Project Wild, tree identification and forest products. Each station has a presentation that lasts roughly 20 minutes in which local volunteers, industry and state/forestry agency personnel teach the students. Students are divided into groups and given different colored FAWN t-shirts to keep each group distinct. Students are rotated through each station set up along a trail to provide a hands-on, interactive learning experience.
Training Facility Improvements
This project includes repairs and upgrades to the bathroom at Station 1. The walls were scraped and repainted. A new sink and vanity was installed. New tile , light fixture and towel rack were installed. This also includes new canvas art for the walls of the bathroom.
The project also included new signage for Station 1 and 2. This will help the public distinguish between the two stations.
4-H Makerspace-Learn by Doing!
Kids experience 4 H through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4 H camps.
The Conecuh County 4-H program would like to have the opportunity to offer a wide variety of experiences to the children of our county. We believe that learning by doing is the most effective method of educating children. We would like to purchase materials to create a Makerspace that will aide in the development of the following skills: geospatial technology, robotics, coding & computer programming, and culinary science. Makerspaces are interactive, community-oriented spaces and projects where one can create and learn skills using a variety of different tools and materials. In a makerspace, you can explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and your creativity! It’s about teaching children to think for themselves, think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions.
Clarke County 4-H Air Rifle & BB Program
The Clarke County 4-H Air Rifle & BB Project will be a new, One-Of-A-Kind Program for the youth ages 9-18 of Clarke County. The project will offer youth more choices for participation in the outdoors and give the youth to participate in shooting disciplines such as air rifle and bb which are not currently offered in the county. This program offers the youth the opportunity to learn safe shooting, responsible firearm ownership and to assist young people and their leaders in attaining knowledge and developing essential life skills. The program will provide an outstanding way to strengthen families through lifelong recreational activities. 4-H S.A.F.E (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) will also provide additional opportunities for youth to (1) be exposed to a broad array of careers and activities related to shooting sports, (2) promote the highest standards of leadership, safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior, (3) have a better understanding of natural resource concepts and (4) enhance the development of youth participants self-concept, character and personal growth through safe education and socially-acceptable involvement in shooting activities.
Chamber Ambassador Scholars
The Chamber Ambassador program is designed to encourage student participation in public service through assisting the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce in various projects throughout the year. This program also offers a monetary scholarship in the amount of $250 to eight senior students, specifically two students from each of the county’s four high schools, for their willingness to serve their community.