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West Washington County Students Learn About Wetlands
Midwest Region, June 5, 2014
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Students enthusiastically answer questions about wetland habitat and wildlife.
Students enthusiastically answer questions about wetland habitat and wildlife. - Photo Credit: Knowles/USFWS

On April 21, 2104 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist Knowles helped with the annual Arbor Day program sponsored by the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District. This was held at West Washington Elementary School for all 269 Kindergarten through fourth grade students and 24 staff members.

The programs included learning about forests, trees and tree products with Indiana Department of Natural Resources Forest Naturalist Derringer, how to plant a tree with Seth Harden of the Indiana Farm Bureau, and learning about wetlands with PFW Biologist Knowles. Wetland Metaphors and a skit with student volunteers demonstrating the adaptations beaver have for living in wetlands were utilized in the presentation to engage the students. Six High School Future Farmers of America members assisted with the program by having Smokey Bear personally hand out tree seedlings to each participant to take home and plant in celebration of Arbor Day.

Contact Info: Susan Knowles, (812) 522-4352, Susan_Knowles@fws.gov

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