Natural and Cultural History Converge through Chickens, Rocks, and Fish

Photo Credit: Alora Torrey arranges eggs for her chicken exhibit. Photo by Annette Lamb

On March 28, Wayne County celebrated its cultural heritage of hatching, raising, and consuming chickens. Kindergartener Alora Torrey and her family brought their chickens, eggs, and feed to share. Thanks to Ben Jackson for donating 17 dozen eggs to award as door prizes for this community event. He also broug


ht chickens that the children enjoyed petting. One of the highlights of the evening was the nine goose egg pies baked by Kate Chappell. Thanks to Bob and Dianna Poulton for providing the goose eggs. Individuals and families participated in a variety of activities including identifying chicken, turkey, and goose eggs.

Just two themes remain in our 2018 Cultural Heritage season: rocks and fish. Wayne County is known for its fascinating geology, so the next topic will explore our heritage of rocks and collecting. From ancient ancestors creating petroglyphs to pioneer prospectors and modern rock hounds, the natural and cultural histories of Wayne County will be combined for an engaging set of youth activities and a fun-filled, free dinner for the whole community. 4-H youth grades three and up are invited to participate in after school activities, while the entire community is encouraged to come to the dinner on Wednesday April 25 at 6PM.  If you’re planning to join us, please call the USU Extension/4-H Office at 435-836-1312 or Annette Lamb at 435-425-3415 to let us know how many will be attending.

Photo Credit: Ben Jackson shares his chickens with children. Photo by Annette Lamb

If you have a rock collection or you’re involved with geology for work or as a hobby and would like to share your expertise, please contact the USU Extension/4-H office. Send us historical photos of local mining operations, your gold panning shots, or photos of your favorite rock formations. Bring samples from your rock collection to the dinner to exhibit. Contact Project Director Annette Lamb at or call 435-425-3415 for more information. This project is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Entrada Institute. LIKE us at – Annette Lamb, The Entrada Institute