Students spend an afternoon
in nature's classroom
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:17 AM
On a beautiful day when autumn colors were vibrant and abundant, Middle Ages students, teachers and a few parents zipped up their coats and headed out for a nature walk. The day was picture-perfect with the sun shining.
The autumn colors were brilliant in the woods along the nature trail that the Middle Ages students walked on a picture-perfect afternoon.
The three grades of Middle Ages (fourth, fifth and sixth) intermingled with each other as they walked along observing all that Mother Nature had to offer.
The students commented, "I thought it was very peaceful and fun."
"I especially enjoyed reading all of the signs and the words in English and Norwegian."
"I liked how we just got to walk in the woods, because I like nature."
"We saw a chipmunk and birds and a woodchuck from a distance."
"I liked going over the bridges."
"It was fun to be outside."
The trail that the students walked on is the GåPå Tur Nature Trail; approximately one mile long and looped - beginning and ending near Red's Hometown Market parking lot. It is open year-round for walkers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. It winds around on Jim and Karen Gray's property.
"We all really enjoyed the walk," commented Middle Ages teacher Laurie Moen.
"I love nature and want the kids to play outdoors as much as possible; this was a great opportunity for that. We are thankful to Grays for creating such a nice trail and not minding that so many of us walked on it at one time."
"It was such a beautiful day! I really enjoyed watching the parents and their children interacting with each other. It was great fun for all," added Middle Ages teacher Deb Morken.
Throughout the school year, the Middle Ages council meets weekly to plan fun activities such as this for the students. They also plan service projects that they do throughout the year. The council members change each month in order to give all students an opportunity to be a part of the council.