The Great Outdoors Track

group of students on the side of a pond with forest

Excerpt from Idaho Education News Oct. 19, 2015, article Clark Fork Students Leave the Classroom to Learn:

“Our community is participating at every level. We could not make it work without them,” said Mike Turnlund, a social studies instructor at Clark Fork High. “It’s powerful — the people here are energized by this.” In the “Great Outdoors Track,” students job shadow forest rangers, wildlife biologists and Schweitzer Mountain Resort employees.

The kids learn about water stewardship, ecology, land use and conservation. Six acres were donated for the students to build a disc golf course while learning about soil, water and landscape architecture.

Earlier this month, nine forestry professionals from Kaniksu Land Trust volunteered a day to lead forestry-based instruction outdoors. “The opportunities for learning and discovery are unlimited in an outdoor classroom such as this,” said Regan Plumb, a land protection specialist at Kaniksu. “The gains to Kaniksu Land Trust are equally valuable: we’re helping to foster the next generation of conservationists, land stewards and natural resource professionals.” Read the whole article.