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Duluth Fifth Graders Receive Hands-On Education on Forestry Field Day

Updated: September 17, 2019 07:27 PM

For about an hour, before inclement weather caused the events to be cancelled, Duluth area fifth graders visited parks in and around the city for hands-on forestry education. Tuesday was the 36th Annual Duluth 5th Grade Forestry Field Day, hosted by the Society of American Foresters. 

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The event began around 9:30 a.m. and was called off by 10:30 a.m. for rain and lightning, but not before some students from Homecroft Elementary School had the opportunity to run through some stations set up at Lester Park.

"They were teaching us about fire, firefighters and how many fires there were. There were 100 fires and 98 out of those 100 fires were created by people," shared Kadence, a fifth grader from Homecroft Elementary School. 

Lester Park was one of the four participating parks, the others were Hermantown's Keene Creek Park, Duluth's Chester Park and the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area.

The hands-on stations provided lessons about tree identification, wildlife, insects, soils, water, fire, wood products and other forest related subjects. 

"We were most excited about finding out about leaves, trees, and exploring the nature because it's pretty cool out here," said Kadence.

The fifth grader field day began in 1984 as a project run by the Lakes Superior Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Originally, only the Duluth Public Schools and three parks were involved, but it expanded over the years. The program has grown with support from agencies involved with natural resources, the Duluth Public Schools and the timber industry. It was modeled after an existing program in Carlton County.

The events cannot be rescheduled this year, but there are plans to continue the event next year.

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