This October marked the 51st year for giving the students the opportunity to spend a day learning about various natural resources.
Approximately 350 students from Clay City and North Clay Middle School took part at the event, which took place at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The field day is called, "The Nature Bowl," conducted as a contest and modeled after the Environthon: a natural resource competition for high school students.
Each team from North Clay Middle School was given a name of a tree and each team from Clay City was given a name of a wildlife animal.
The facilitators gave a presentation then a test over the materials they had just presented.
Speakers and topics for this year's event were: Wildlife -- Carissa Lovett and assistants from the Dobbs Park Nature Center; Sue Urban from the Purdue Extension Office, Soils with Randy Staley from Staley's Soil Service, and Clay County NRCS District Conservationist Doris Scully; Water Quality with Jan Came and Vigo County Soil and water Conservation District representative Becky Steele; Our Watershed with Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District Technician David Schroer and Clay County 319 Watershed Grant Coordinator Pat Wilkinson; Forestry with District Foresterer Jeremiah Lemmons and Raoul Moore of Sycamore Trails RC&D Forestry Committee; and Recycling by the Indiana State University Recycling Team.
Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District representative Ryan Hendricks also served as the timekeeper.
Volunteers included Clay County NRCS representative Kristi Kennedy, Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District Chairman Marshall Nuckolls, Parke County Soil and Water Conservation District representative Jaci Witte, and Putnam County Soil and Water Conservation District representative Laura Stearley.
First-place in the contest was a tie between the North Clay Middle School Honey Locust Team and Mericrest Nectarine Team.
Members of the Honey Locust Team included Macey Johnson, Kenndey Johnson, Michael Ryan Jones and Mica Littlejohn.
Members of the Mericrest Nectarine Team included Timothy Walker, Maddy White, Savannah Wilbur, Bryce Wolfe, Shelby Wright and Andy York.
Local sponsors for the event were the Brazil McDonald's, Brazil Subway, Kroger and Page's.