Minnesota's lakes and rivers can provide some fantastic opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors, but they can also provide educational opportunities for kids. Groups of students learned a little about nature Tuesday in Austin. One group of Austin 4th graders got an educational experience like no other. A program involving a big canoe let kids get out and learn a little about the natural world.
The students visited Mill Pond to participate in the Wilderness Inquiry's "Canoemobile" program and experienced nature from a 24-foot canoe. The 4th graders learned about types of fish that inhabit the area and a little about waterway natural resources. While some of the students say learning about nature was educational, they also say today's outing will give them opportunities to spend quality time with their family.
"I can surprise my mom and she can say, 'Hey, let's go canoeing' and then I'll get to splash her for the whole entire time," says 4th grader Makayla Dokpodjo, "I'd love to see it!"
Half of the day today involved students participating in the "Canoemobile" program along the Cedar River State Water Trail. The other half of the day, students enjoyed learning about nature and even fishing at Mill Pond.
Educators say a lot of these students have never experienced fishing or canoeing. They add that Tuesday's adventure let students experience something new that they will hopefully enjoy the rest of their lives.