DeSoto NWR /Blair Schools partnership in outdoor education

Carley Damme examines a soil sample with a telescope.

Carley Damme examines a soil sample with a telescope.

DeSoto NWR is an integral part of the Blair Community Schools curriculum for primary through secondary grades.  In May, Otte Middle School science classes conducted a soil study lab.During the week before the end of the school year, Arbor Park fifth graders participated in and outdoor education day.  With the help of refuge and school staff and many volunteers, students cooked breakfast in the out doors and enjoyed four activity blocks.

Throughout the year students visit the refuge to study topics such as prairie exploration, nature journaling, and bird migration.

The DeSoto NWR /BCS  partnership is nationally recognized outdoor education consortium.

Jacob Rupp, Alec Cook, DeSoto Bend, Classroom of the Week, Arbor Park,

Jacob Rupp, Alec Cook, DeSoto Bend, Classroom of the Week, Arbor Park,

MaKenzie Mencke, Alexandria Simmons, Alyssa Matney, Livai Opetaia

MaKenzie Mencke, Alexandria Simmons, Alyssa Matney, Livai Opetaia

Parent Dana McCabe helps Maggie Valasek and Taylor McCabe paddle their canoe  during Outdoor Education day. at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

Parent Dana McCabe helps Maggie Valasek and Taylor McCabe paddle their canoe during Outdoor Education day. at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge.

Kourt (dad) and Kenner Jensen  casting, DeSoto Bend, Classroom of the Week, Arbor Park,

Kourt (dad) and Kenner Jensen casting, DeSoto Bend, Classroom of the Week, Arbor Park,

Gabe Gaskil and Kellen Hartzell with Mr. Norine take apart a sieve set  used to filter soil particles.

Gabe Gaskil and Kellen Hartzell with Mr. Norine take apart a sieve set used to filter soil particles.

Carley Damme and Carmen Warrick study  soil samples . under a microscope.

Carley Damme and Carmen Warrick study soil samples . under a microscope.

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