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.