Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Parrish Elementary Students become "Creek Kids"
Recently students from Parrish Elementary School in Walker County participated in Creek Kids, an aquatic education course held at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. Designed by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) to fit into the Alabama Course of Study for Science, the Creek Kids program blends traditional indoor instruction with a hands-on environmental learning experience.
During the class, the students learned about the importance of watershed ecology including how dams and pollution affect stream-fish populations. Students also were treated to an overview of the watershed via a train ride, and visited the Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama to learn about Alabama's iron industry. However, wading into Mud Creek to net various aquatic species and viewing microorganisms under a microscope were highlights for many of the students.
Parrish sixth grade teacher Susie Lemon said the best way for children to learn about aquatic education is to get them wet in Alabama's creeks. "We love this trip because it's a relaxing day outdoors and the kids learn how to make a difference for the environment."
The Creek Kids program is a partnership between WFF and Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The cost is $5 per student, but public schools with 40 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced lunches may have their fees waived. Assistance with some transportation costs also may be provided. Funding for Creek Kids comes from the sale of "Take a Kid Fishing" car tags. To plan a Creek Kids field trip for your students, contact Brenda Morrison at 205-477-6301 or Brenda.Morrison@dcnr.alabama.gov
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com