Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Outdoor Education at Rodger's Park

We had a fantastic day at Rodger's Park on Tuesday.  A huge thank you to the Benton County Conservation and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Nate Platt, our MS Art Instructor, had our students participate in the Iowa DNR Take It Outside Art Contest. Forty-five schools submitted posters and were entered into a drawing for one of four fishing field experience grants. Benton CSD Middle School was selected to receive this grant.   

Providing grants to help schools to “take it outside” with their students is one way the IA DNR continues to meet its mission : Leading Iowans in caring for our natural resources. Children who play outside grow up to be stewards of the environment. The most direct route to caring for the environment as an adult is participating in “wild nature activities.” (Children, Youth and Environments, 2006).

We would like to personally thank our MS Staff who helped supervise this event:  Theresa Thompson, Marty Thomae, Mark Kenny, Krista Olen, Emily O'Connell, Shelly Sindt, Kelsey Kearns, Kelly Jamesson, Dave Jepsen, Cheryl Lieb.  We also had two volunteers who were a tremendous support:  Bridget McWhorter and Jay Lieb.  Karen, Aaron, Matt and Megan from the Benton County Conservation were also instrumental in helping with the day. Stull's by the Lake also donated a huge container of worms for our students to use during their fishing experiences.

Below are some pictures of what the students experienced.