4th Grade Tree Field Day

4th Grade Tree Field Day
Posted on 05/16/2017
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Union County Fourth Graders Enjoy Tree Field Day
The Education Committee of the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center enjoyed a fun day with the fourth graders from Union County Elementary School.  It was a busy morning as 224 students moved between workshop stations in the woods on the UGA campus in Blairsville.  Students learned about Trail Trees from Community Council Chairperson Gordon Hewett and heard about the invasive  Woolly Adelgid from Union County Extension Agent Melissa Mattee.  Preservation Chairperson Glen Henderson even used a live demo hive to share the importance of bees and other pollinators.  Volunteers Ilse Fogelgren and Marcia Kaplan tied all of the lessons together via a game of Tree Bingo.  A special new class featured The Appalachian Trail that was presented by Beth Rothermel, Joe Boone and Frank Wright of the  AT Club.  GMREC staff member Clare Johnston not only helped develop this field day but taught the class entitled Appalachian Tree ID. Each class of the fourth graders attended 6 of the 10 classes that were available.
A special thanks is extended to GMREC Superintendent Ray Covington and his staff for their time and energies in preparing the field day site.  This wonderful day would also not have been possible without UCES Principal Patricia Cook and her fourth grade team and their leadership skills.  Teacher Gina Young was the school liaison who coordinated all details with the school.  The members of the Education Committee at the GMREC have had a busy year as they have hosted approximately 3,900 students during this school year.   These programs are offered to students in K-5 in all schools and home-schooled students in Union, Towns and Fannin Counties in Georgia as well as Clay and Cherokee Counties in North Carolina. This committee operates under the umbrella of the Community Council which was founded in 2003 for the purpose of enhancing the mission of science research by the University of Georgia.  The council emphasizes education, preservation and outreach.  Interested residents and schools can receive information on these programs by calling the GMREC office at 706-745-2655.
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