Thursday, June 11, 2015

Outdoor education program reaches every 5th grader in Randolph County, West Virginia

The Mountain Institute’s Appalachian Program in collaboration with many key partners provided a three week outdoor education program for 5th graders based in Randolph County focusing on stream studies, wildlife management, wilderness orienteering, and West Virginia heritage.  Students from every elementary school in the county participated in a two day course during this program held in April in Beverly, WV at Camp Pioneer and at the Mountaineer Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.  The purpose of this program is to educate and inform the students on the importance of forest lands, clean water, local recreational opportunities, and to spark their interests in taking advantage of the many outdoor resources that are locally available.

Students in Millstone Run collecting a Benthic Macroinvertebrate sample

The Appalachian Program’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center has been involved with the Randolph County Outdoor Education Program since 2002.  Thanks to all of our partners and volunteers for providing their time and services, to the Randolph County Schools and Board of Education and John Aliveto for coordinating the logistics and curriculum, and for the majority of the funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education & Training (NOAA BWET) grant this program was able to continue serving West Virginia youth for another year.

By Thomas Komir

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