A beautiful late summer day was the backdrop for sixth grade students in Douglas County to enjoy a fun, educational field trip to the 25th Annual Environmental Stewardship Day held at Walnut Point State Park near Oakland. The event was held Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 and hosted by the Douglas County Farm Bureau.
Seven schools attended including: Arthur, Atwood, Lovington, Shiloh, Oakland, Tuscola, and Villa Grove. More than 280 students attended the event. Speakers were from Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign County Soil and Water District, Natural History Survey of University of Illinois, University of Illinois Extension, Douglas Hart Nature Center, and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
A strong contingent of volunteers from Tuscola Rotary and Tuscola Kiwanis led the groups of students to each station and help ensure this day was a success.
Students had the opportunity to handle a snake or salamander, took a trail walk observing beautiful native plants, measured standing timber, learned about native mammals, birds and fish, observed soil characteristics and water properties and used plenty of energy in a recycling relay race.