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Just Duning It

Posted: Friday, Jun 14th, 2013

Field rangers Eliza Spear, left, and Meghan Avila, right, teach Siuslaw Elementary second graders about snowy plovers in an activity called the Snowy Plover Survival Game. (courtesy photo) Siuslaw Elementary School second-grade students record information about animal tracks found in the Oregon Dunes NRA during a field trip hosted by the Siuslaw National Forest field rangers, part of the Valuing People and Places program. (courtesy photo)

Last week, Siuslaw Elementary School second graders charged onto the rolling sand slopes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area for a day of inspired learning and exploration with Siuslaw National Forest Field Rangers. Four classes participated, with more than 100 total students, teachers and parent chaperones.

“For some students, today was one of their first in-depth experiences in the coastal dunes, and will be remembered as one of the highlights of their school year,” said Gerry Fleming, second grade teacher and event organizer.

“It was an amazing day. This program gets better every year,” Fleming added. “It’s incredible the kind of connections these kids make to what they’re seeing and learning.”

For the complete article see the 06-15-2013 issue.

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