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Classroom in the Forest in Perry County


David Stewart, Perry County NRCS Soil Con Tech, demonstrated the effects of soil erosion at the “Soil Run-off” station.  The students were able to observe the differing degree of erosion from freshly tilled soil, mulched soil and soil where a cover crop had been applied.

By Nelda McKinney, SWCD DAC, Perry County, AL

Perry Lakes Park once again was the site for Classroom in the Forest.  On April 20th and 21st, fifth grade students from Uniontown and Albert Turner Sr., Elementary Schools along with one group of high school students, from Francis Marion, gathered in the Park. 

The Classroom in the Forest was hosted by the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), Perry County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).

Cedric Hudson, Alabama Forestry Commission, was in charge of the “Flag a Tree” station where he talked about healthy forests and trees.  He explained the importance of thinning and removing diseased trees.

Brigetta Giles's AFC station was called “O’ Deer”  and was all fun and games.  Brigetta taught the students about healthy habitats and what is involved in creating a healthy habitat by playing the game O’ Deer.  They divided into 2 groups.  One group was the deer and the other group was shelter, food and water.  The effects of supply and demand determined whether the deer population increased or decreased.

At the “Soil Profile” station David Stewart and Jared Worthington, NRCS, explained what makes soil and the millions of years it takes to produce soil from rock while Bill DeYampert, AFC, looks on.  Before leaving this station each student was able to make a “soil profile” to take with them.

DC Sutton Gibbs and the Enviroscape

Sutton Gibbs, Perry County NRCS DC, was at the “Enviroscape” station.  The students listened attentively as she explained the importance of clean water and ways to prevent water pollution as well as ways that pollution is caused by humans and the misuse of our water supply.     

John Hoomes-Skin and Skulls Station.

John Hoomes, ACES, was at the “Skins and Skulls” station.  At this station the students saw many of the skins and skulls of animals native to the area.  John also shared many of the sounds and individual traits of these animals.