Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Nature's Classroom hosted its annual wildlife event

Nature's Classroom hosted its annual wildlife event, Nature’s Classroom hosted its annual Woods, Water, and Wildlife event over the weekend. The festival concluded this past Sunday, Aril 14.

"The event at Nature's Classroom helped to inform and update everyone on ways to protect Florida's natural resources," said Maryhelen Zopfi, Master Gardener and an IFAS volunteer.

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The festival highlighted student nature art displays, live music, children’s activities, animal handling, and a variety environmentally focused exhibits. Visitors enjoyed a day in nature and tours of the animal exhibits as well as the native plant areas.

One of the activities for the children was shoreline sampling. Students caught aquatic organisms to test the health of the Hillsborough River. The shoreline sampling activity is a fun way for kids to learn more about the aquatic environment and interact with nature.

Nature's Classroom is a 365 acre environmental studies program and learning laboratory set in the real Florida environment. Since 1969 more than 328,000 sixth grade students from Hillsborough County Public Schools have visited the facility.

Nature’s Classroom is a joint project of Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF).

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