Sixth Graders Learn Outside
Sixth Graders Learn Outside
Posted on 05/19/2016
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On Tuesday, May 3rd, the OMS sixth graders enjoyed a day away from the classroom.  The students spent the day at nearby Funks Grove learning about our natural, native Illinois world.  Students experienced a variety of activities organized by Funks Grove administrator, Angela Funk.

All of the sixth graders helped prepare the area for the coming summer season by spreading mulch around landscaping and removing an invasive species, Garlic Mustard, from wild areas.

The students learned from knowledgeable experts:  P.K., a bee-keeper, led us through the fascinating life of bees complete with a dip in a pot of honey; Katie, from Quails Unlimited/Pheasants Forever, taught us about the ways birds and insects view our world, as well as how humans should give these creatures enough space to survive; a Mobile Science lab provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources taught us about native species, protecting habitats, and reducing our carbon footprints; finally, qualified naturalists led us down one of the nearby trails to point out signs of spring and clues to the wildlife which co-exist amongst us all.

Volunteers helped the students make s’mores as a treat to compliment the day’s learning. 

This is the third year the sixth graders have spent the day at Funks Grove.  This day is provided by a grant through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is of no expense to the Olympia School District, parents, or students.  

Mulching around the Nature Center