Exploring the Outdoors

by Brittany Harris on May 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

Some local students are leaving the classroom to explore the outdoors.

Students from John McIntire Elementary School spent their Wednesday at Zane State College’s Natural Resource Center. The Nature Interpretation class hosted the event.

"Kids learn better if they’re doing some kinds of hands on type of activities and by getting them outdoors, you’re encouraging them to play outside, exposing them to things they can see and do outside and it’s just a really good way for them to learn about nature," said Education Specialist Nichole Hafer.

The fifth graders visted four different stations, learning about horses and llamas, to fishing and wildlife habitats. Not only are they being educated, but so are the college students.

"A lot of these students are going to go on to become naturalist or interpreters of the work at museums and zoos and nature centers and parks and those kinds of things, so it helps prepare them for what it would be like, kind on the job experience." said Hafer.

The program is sponsored by the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District.