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Students connect with nature on an Autumn Fieldtrip

Region 3, October 25, 2019
Students were thrilled to find sign of beaver on their walk.
Students were thrilled to find sign of beaver on their walk. - Photo Credit: n/a
Students enjoyed beautiful views of the refuge in fall foliage.
Students enjoyed beautiful views of the refuge in fall foliage. - Photo Credit: n/a

Refuge staff and volunteers welcomed seventh graders from a local school to the refuge’s Gibraltar Bay Unit for a day of exploration and nature connection. Students rotated between stations that included a nature walk, tree study, lake sturgeon recovery, mindfulness, tracking and wetland observations. The goal of each fieldtrip is to connect students to nature in meaningful ways that will filter into their lives and help them to continue to look at the world through “naturalist” eyes.

Highlights of the day included finding fresh signs of beaver, spooking a young buck on the trail, almost tripping on a sleepy muskrat, witnessing a bald eagle soaring overhead, comparing leaves of the changing trees, listening the the “dee dee dee” of the chickadees and finding more energy during the mindful meditation station.

One student said, “I wanted to take a nap but after the mindful sitting in nature I am rejuvenated and excited for the rest of the day!” Refuge staff are grateful for the partner teachers who work hard to make it possible to bring their students to the refuge, giving them experiences that are unique and fun!

Contact Info: Jennifer Braatz, 734-288-6459, jennifer_braatz@fws.gov