I understand that there might be a gravel pit bordering the Hale Creek Field Station. As a former teacher in the Gloversville Enlarged School District, I always felt very fortunate to have been able to take my fifth-grade classes to the Hale Creek Field Station. Living in the area that we do, it's very important that our young people learn about plants and animals in the Adirondacks and to appreciate all of them.
While we were at the field station, the children learned to identify animal tracks. They also saw different types of trout and learned about their survival needs. Learning what toxins can do to fish was a real eye opener to the class.
In this time of tight budgets, we are lucky to have the Hale Creek Field Station, and it would be a shame if the gravel pit ruined the area by disturbing the environment. Our children would certainly miss out on a great opportunity to learn nature in the Adirondacks.