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5/16/07

Learning Is Fun With Outdoor Education Program

The Palestine 6th graders aren't just playing in the mud. They're trying to figure out if the lake is safe to swim in.

Draenoel Ross explains.

"If they're alive [the bugs],  the waters good."

It's one of the many activities they'll do during their two and a half days in the outdoor education program; a program that prides itself on learning through hands-on experiences.

Traci Sawyer is the director of outdoor education at the Rockin' C Ranch.

She says, "If they're studying erosion in school, they're looking at diagrams in a book, but here, they made a ditch. They have to stop the erosion and seeing what works and what doesn't work."

It's an approach that seems to be working for Cassidy Rodgers.

"We were trying to keep the mud from going in the water, so we were trying to make something to stop it.  So, we made this in our ditch to keep all the water going in and keep the mud back."

The students are not just learning science lessons. They're also learning life lessons.

Today, they were working on the Huck Fin project; a team building exercise where students build a boat with nothing but four barrels, some bamboo and a rope. Then, they all have to get on it, and float it across their make-believe Mississipi River.

Camp founder Matt Clapp says, "It teaches them communication skills, leadership skills and trust; things like that."

The students say they love the program because it gets them out of the classroom for the better part of a week. The teachers like it because their students are having so much fun, they don't even realize they're actually learning something.

For more information about the programs at the Rockin' C Ranch, check out the Know More on 7 portion of our website.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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