Students searching for specimens in pond

Hands-on environment education at Big Hill for elementary school students

This fall third and fourth grade students throughout the district are participating in educational activities at the District’s environmental outdoor classroom, Big Hill.

Students participate in environmental education adventures studying three habitats:  the woods, the pond, and the prairie.  Students climb the Big Hill to observe the plants and animals in the forest habitat.  Using their binoculars, they observe many birds on the prairie. During the pond study, they find many water critters.  Using two-way scopes, the students see tadpoles, minnows, leeches, dragonfly nymphs, a water scorpion, and several small water beetles.

The activities are facilitated by Big Hill Resource teachers Sue Brockel, Meg McLaughlin and Tim Hopping. “Students learn many facts about, and develop an appreciation for, their environment,” said Blockel.

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