University of Illinois recently hosted the Clinton County 5th grade classes for the annual Clinton County Natural Resource Day. Students arrive early by bus to the McNair camping area in Carlyle, IL where each class follows a trail that features seven Nature Related stations to explore. This year the participants had a wide variety of topics to study. The presenters were area professionals who are experts in their field. The presenters were:
Kim Hammel from the Corps of Engineers station discussed snakes and even had a live snake for the kids to touch.
Randy Sauer, IDNR Fisheries brought fish to the shore and talked about the variety of fish that are found in the lake. Randy and his assistant go out early before the event to collect species to share throughout the day.
Local Author and Bee expert Terry Combs from Greenville, talked about bees and keeping bees as a hobby.
Master Naturalists Tami and Rob Austin play the game Bio-Jinga which teaches about the fragile environment we live in. Tami and Rob Austin designed and built this game especially for Natural Resource Day-It has become a popular station.
September McAdoo from Clinton County Health Department discussed ticks, mosquitoes and vector borne diseases they can carry
Susan Kleiboeker from Clinton County Ag in the classroom talks about Illinois Agriculture using a popular Tic-Tac-Toe game she designed.
Mark Koch from IDNR District Forester takes kids on an interpretive walk along Chipmunk Trail. Mark talks about a number of trees found in Illinois Forests along the trail.
The outdoor classroom experience is perfect for the students during the last month of school. The students get to be outdoors but with organized sessions they have the opportunity to learn in the environment we are presenting.