Carrollton students learn about nature

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Submitted Photo Amanda Tubaugh (in beekeeper suit) talks to Carrollton Schools 4th grade students about bees. Seth Halfill, high school science teacher, assisted at the station, which was part of a Field Day for fourth grade students hosted by the Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District.

Fourth grade students at Carrollton Elementary were treated to a day outdoors with nature May 13.

The Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), along with its partners, hosted a field day at the school complex on Scio Rd. Stations were set up in the fields behind the school and students rotated from one station to the other where they learned a variety of things, all related to nature, natural resources, trees, water and bees. 

Amanda Tubaugh, SWCD district administrator, said 2024 is the fourth year for the event, adding the students really enjoy the outdoors and learning. 

Tubaugh, a certified bee keeper, taught students about bees and presented them the opportunity to see honey bees at work. 

“They listened well and when asked questions about what I told them, they knew the correct answer,” she said. “It’s also a great opportunity for students to learn to not be afraid of something they are afraid of (bees).”

Joe Mayle of the SWCD office, taught students about vermicomposting, the process of composting with worms. 

Students were surprised to learn there are a million worms in an acre of ground. Mayle discussed the best type of worms to use and asked students for their opinions and answers in the interactive station. 

Tubaugh noted OSU Extension assists with the program and thanked the students in Seth Halfhill’s environmental science class for serving as guides for the students.

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