ORONO – The connection between fire, people, soil and extinct foxes is part of University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sawyer Environmental Research Center on the UMaine campus in Orono.

Youth in grades 6-8 will learn to use a coring device to collect soil sediments that are thousands of years old. Sediments give a snapshot of past ecosystems, as well as extinctions and how humans interacted with and changed the environment. Participants will obtain data from the cores and learn how past fires impacted the environment and wildlife.

The event is open to as many as 15 youth. The $8 per person fee includes lunch. Register online by Oct. 15 at umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd at 207-581-3877 or jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

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