We welcome opportunities to work together! Here are some examples of educational opportunities that Platte County Weed and Pest have participated in this year! Please let us know if you have an event/meeting you’d like us to attend or if you would like to partner with us!
Discovery Day Fire Training Center – May 6th, 2023
City, county, local business and personal…Oh my. Kiwanis Discovery Day had it all!
What started out to be a breezy and chilly morning gave way to families braving the weather to see what vehicles were on display. Kids, old and young alike, enjoyed looking at, playing on, and being able to operate some of the equipment. Platte County Weed & Pest partook in the festivities.
The Roads Truck was filled with 200 gallons of water and 5 ounces of blue dye to show levels in the tank. This vehicle treats noxious weeds on the county and state rights-of-way.
Also on display, a 4-wheeler with a spray tank. This vehicle treats noxious weeds in pastures and rangelands.
Weed and Pest personnel were on hand to answer questions and assist future PCWP employees on and off the 4-wheeler and Roads Truck.
It was a successful day!
Total Spring Show Platte County Agriplex – April 28th, 2023
A fun time to be had by all who attended the Total Spring Show held at the Agriplex here in Wheatland. Platte County Weed & Pest was on hand ready to answer questions and offer information on a wide variety of weeds and all sorts of critters. Spring is here and a wide range of species of plants are making an appearance. Some people who are new to the area were asking, “is this friend or foe and what do I do about it?” Those who have lived in the area awhile know what to do and were asking about the best time to spray. Our staff is always ready to answer questions and point you in the right direction.
West Elementary Science Day – May 18th, 2022
- Sponsored by Platte County School District #1 West Elementary
- Science Day involved 3rd, 4th and 5th graders; the students were able to choose the presentations from several presenters.
- Most presenters were inside in the classrooms, some were set up outside.
- Introduction of myself (Missy Bookout) as a seasonal employee and Pat as Platte County Weed and Pest Supervisor and what we do.
- Topics: What makes the plant a weed – A weed is a plant the is growing in an area where you don’t want it to grow. What makes it a noxious weed –detrimental (dangerous) to our ecosystems, humans, livestock, and wildlife. Pests – we treat these pests because they are damaging to crops and/or grazing pastures.
- Jeopardy game: Binders were given to the students with information about the questions asked. Each category had 5 questions; color coded to match the color coding in the binders. Help was given to point the students in the right direction to find the answer. After a question was answered there was a small discussion to clarify any questions the students asked. At the end of the game, before the students made their transition to their next presenter, they chose bookmarks from AG in the Classroom to take with them.
Total Spring Show Platte County Agriplex – May 14th, 2022
- Sponsored by The Platte County Chamber of Commerce.
- Platte County Weed and Pest display included:
- Information pamphlets for chemicals we use, Venue and Milestone, Weed identifying booklets, Grasshopper information sheets, 1/128 calibration sheets, book markers from Ag in the Classroom, Ice scrapers, Wyoming Weed and Pest Council Rulers, Temporary tattoos
Discovery Day Fire Training Center – May 7th, 2022
- Discovery Day was sponsored by Kiwanis.
- Different types of vehicles were there: Police, Fire and Rescue from Guernsey, Palmer Canyon, and Wheatland, Ambulance, Flight for Life, City Sanitation, trash truck, Road and Bridge, road grader, Wheatland REA, Mechanical lifts, Farm tractors, Semi-trucks, Platte County Weed & Pest Roads Truck
- The tank was filled with 150 gallons of water and 8 ounces blue dye.
- Proper signs were put on the tank to inform the public that pesticides are run through the tank every summer.
- The truck was washed to the best of our ability before going to this event.
- Kids and adults were able to sit inside the truck and climb onto the deck where the tank sits. *Reminders about pesticides being run through the tank were given verbally and Weed and Pest supervised while anyone was inside the truck or on the deck.
- Bubble light, road sign was on. Road work sign was in place.
- Explanation of what all our switches do, making sure the boom power was OFF.
- Marked map was shown to explain how we know which roads have been sprayed.
- Wyoming Designated and County Declared lists were explained, these are the weeds we properly identify and spray.
- Weed identification books were looked at to find weeds on the lists for proper identification.
- It was a fun time for kids of ALL ages!