Friday, Chevron partnered with Cabela’s and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) to host students from Marshall and Ohio County Schools at Bear Rock Lake to promote environmental stewardship and conservation at the fifth annual ‘Stocking the Streams Day.’
More than 20 volunteers from Chevron spent part of the day with about 100 students from Elm Grove Elementary, Sherrard Middle School and Cameron High School, helping to stock Baker Lake and Bear Rock Lake with trout.
Local WVDNR officers taught students to fish and identify the various species of West Virginia trout, which were raised at Indian Lake Fisheries in Elkview. Additionally, volunteers from Oglebay Good Zoo provided an opportunity for students to interact with and learn about the region’s native bird species. A representative from the National Weather Service and Marshall County Management Agency Director Thomas Hart also attended the event.
“Education and conservation are two important pillars at Chevron, which is why we’re so proud to host ‘Stocking the Streams Day,’” said Lee Ann Wainwright, corporate affairs representative at Chevron. “It continues to be a unique, valuable opportunity to get students excited about conservation and participating in community events.”
Throughout the day, students learned through hands-on lessons about the ecology of local waterways, West Virginia trout, and other wildlife. Volunteers worked closely with students and highlighted the importance of community service and preservation.
“Events like today’s are a real highlight. I believe all of the students – from elementary to high school – walked away knowing or appreciating something new,” said Steve Haines, WVDNR Police Officer. “It’s so important to experience the outdoors and take part in preservation efforts from a young age – it’s an important life skill that, like most things, is best learned young.”
Fishing poles and other equipment used today were donated by Cabela’s. Additionally, two students were awarded prizes for catching the largest fish.
“This kind of hands-on learning drives authentic understanding. I guarantee that many students will remember today’s outing – and the lessons learned here – for many years to come,” said Woody Yoder, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall County Schools. “We’re very grateful to Chevron for hosting this engaging and highly educational event once again.”