Students get up close and personal with nature.

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

5th graders in Coffee County got up close and personal with nature today.

Students from Elba and Zion Chapel participated in the Coffee County Forestry and Wildlife Field Day.

They got a hands-on look at what wild animals like owls and snakes do for the environment.

They also learned a variety of forestry topics like where our water comes from and how trees are planted.

"We have a wonderful forest in this state and a lot of kids don't even realize it. Some of them have never even been in the woods and that's a lot for them to miss out on. They don't have any way of knowing how to take care of it or become good stewards without this information,” says Sue Leverett with the Coffee County Forestry Advisory Committee.

Organizers say they hope to be able to offer the Wildlife Field Day to all the Coffee County Schools in the future.

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