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Colleton Prep Academy takes fourth grade to Wood Magic Forest Fair

Fourth grade class from CPA. Photos by Christie Slocum

Fourth grade class from CPA. Photos by Christie Slocum

Fourth graders from Colleton Prep Academy traveled with their science teacher Nicole Cain for a fun-filled day at the Wood Magic Forest Fair held at the Harbison State Forest in Columbia, South Carolina. Wood Magic is patterned after a program held annually at Mississippi State University. It is jointly sponsored by the SC Forestry Association, the USDA Forest Service, and the SC Forestry Commission. The goal of the program is to teach fourth grade students from across the state how important forests and forests products are in our everyday lives.

Students began the trip before they ever arrived. Their teacher, Mrs. Cain, had talked to the students about some very popular vocabulary words during the week before the trip. Students learned words like biodegradable, natural resource, non-renewable resource, recyclable, renewable resource and many others. Once they arrived at Wood Magic Forrest Fair the students were shown a video about a tree who had hopes of one day becoming part of a house. His dream came true when his destiny was fulfilled and he was harvested and cut into boards and used to build a home. It was at this first learning station that students first heard that for every tree that is harvested five more are planted in its place. They were also told that on average 25 trees are used to build a house. The question and answer time was very informative for the students and even included a little magic.

Gracie Bishop demonstrates being a deer as she and Karma Simons are chosen to represent wildlife habitat during “Gifts of the Forest”.

Gracie Bishop demonstrates being a deer as she and Karma Simons are chosen to represent wildlife habitat during “Gifts of the Forest”.

After the introduction, students began a day of moving from station to station. Their first stop was at a station called “Gifts of the Forest”. Here they learned about the many things the forest had to offer. Some of the gifts they learned about were recreations, soil and water protection, wild life habitats, jobs, and air filters just to name a few. Next, they moved to the Makin’ Paper station. They were taught how to make paper from old newspapers. Here they also learned about the importance of recycling. They then moved to Board Cuttin’. The kids were able to see how boards were made as they watched a man cut a board from a cedar log using an old fashioned sawmill. At the last station kids learned about good fire and bad fire. Here students learned about the use of prescribed fire and they even got to dress in firefighting clothes.

Wood Magic was funded in part by a one-time Natural Resource Conservation Education grant. According to the fourth grade science teacher Nicole Cain, Head of School Jill Burttram filled out the application for the fourth grade students to go over the summer. The students really seemed to enjoy the trip and were really stoked about

 

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