Students Get Hands-On Learning at Forestry Field Day

Baihly Warfield

September 22, 2015 08:52 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - More than 1,000 fifth graders and their teachers and chaperones spread out among four different parks for the 31st annual Forestry Field Day Tuesday.

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Nate Anderson, a St. Louis County forester, said he hopes the students understand that "healthy forests don't happen by accident."

"We teach about soils, we teach about wildlife, and water, hyrdology, then we have a forest products demonstration when we have a saw mill so they can see a familiar thing produced from the wood," Anderson said.

The fifth graders learned about forestry, flooding and wildfires in hands-on demonstrations Tuesday.

"I learned so much today so far," fifth-grader Peter Smith said, "and we're still going on, but it's going to be fun. I can tell."

The kids went around to nine different stations, each with a new lesson.

"It's really important that they understand how some of the changes we make on the land impact water quality and erosion," Environmental Quality Educator for Minnesota Sea Grant Cindy Hagley said.

Organizers hope the experience is a unique one.

"A lot of kids don't get the chance to get out in the woods a lot," Anderson said. "So we're taking this opportunity to get them in a natural setting for a day and just raise awareness of some of the issues that are going on in the forests."

About 16 organizations and six financial supporters came together to make the event possible.


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