Fifth graders get down with nature

By KBJR News 1

September 25, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Over 700 5th graders throughout Duluth were given the chance to get down and dirty with nature.

The 29th Annual 5th Grade Forestry Field day allowed for students to take a field trip to one of 4 beautiful parks in the area.

"It's really important for students to get out in the field because giving them first hand experience is very good for learning," said Matt Knutson, a substitute teacher at Congdon Elementary.

They learned about tree regeneration, wildlife management, insects and diseases, forest soils, and much more.

"They like to see real practitioners who actually do this for a living, rather than just hearing it always from their teachers," said biologist Debra Taylor.

The students learned from different biologists, forestry technicians, and fish and wildlife specialists.

The 5th graders even got a chance to measure fish habitats.

They were taught about natural resources, but more importantly were taught about how to use these resources wisely, giving them a greater appreciation for everyday items made from nature.

"It kind of shows them where a 2-by-4 comes from, and where their paper comes from, and that those things don't happen by accident," said Nathaniel Anderson, a forestry technician.

"It's important for them to know to respect nature so it can be preserved for years and years to come," said Knutson.

Forestry technicians and teachers say that the best part about the field day is that it gives the students a chance to get their hands dirty.

The field day was sponsored by the Society of American Foresters with assistance from public schools throughout Duluth.

Elsa Robins