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North Lake Elementary students take to the outdoors

June 5, 2013 by

Learning, arguably, can come to life in a most vivacious fashion once you get the students out of the classroom.NLSitting

Sounds like a bit of a contradiction, one may say, but naysayers only need ask for the thoughts of the elementary students at North Lake School that participated in an outdoor learning program on Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30.

The students gathered at Silver Creek Campground, located about 10 miles southwest of Silver Lake, to participate in a variety of outdoors-related educational activities.  The program, coordinated with a number of local agencies and organizations, brought learning to life for the students through hands-on exercises.

NL_waterLake County Watershed Council has hosted the program for six years, said council spokesperson Anna Kerr, noting that students in grades K through 3 attended on Wednesday, while fourth through sixth graders participated on Thursday.

Activities ranged from wildlife radio collar tracking simulations with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Craig Foster, to an overview of the water cycle, starting with evaporation into clouds, precipitation falling to earth and all the various facets affected by plant and animal life.

Students also had the opportunity to make tye-dyed shirts as a craft activity, and also NL_demolearned how to prepare desserts using old-world ‘dutch oven’ technology.

Participating agencies included the Lake County OSU Extension Service, Lake County Watershed Council, Lake County Cooperative Weed Management Area, ODFW and the Fort Rock/Silver Lake Soil and Water Conservation District.

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