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Hands-on learning about the environment

May 18, 2014

Education

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May have looked like the 'Pied Piper' had arrived ....

but it was G. C. Huston School students on an environmental learning experience

Grades Kindergarten through 3 gather on the shore of the Saugeen River

Not everything about the world is learned in a classroom.  Young public school students at G. C. Huston School in Southampton have been learning about the environment and stewardship of wildlife in a very practical way.

Over the winter, students from Jr. Kindergarten through the grade 3, have raised young salmon from the very initial egg stage through to young hatchlings.

The program was initiated by the Lake Huron Fishing Club working with local schools in order to teach students about the importance of conservation and stewardship of the environment and how fish actually grow.

Teacher Enid Johnson (R) explains how the release will work as Mayor Mike Smith (L) and Principal Dan Russell listen

Students are excited as they hold their 'baby' salmon about to be released

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Salmon is released carefully into the Saugeen River

On Wednesday, May 14th (2014), students, teachers and several parents were lead by Principal Dan Russell to the Saugeen River in Southampton.  They were accompanied by members of the Lake Huron Fishing Club who transported the young salmon from the school for release into the river.

"This is a marvelous thing," said Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith.  "To teach students at this very young age about the environment can be a life-long learning experience."


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