Acton Nature Center serves as outdoor classroom

April 2, 2014

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“Bat!” “Moth!”

These were words echoed by dozens of spirited second-graders Friday at Acton Nature Center.

The 60-plus students were from Acton Elementary, Baccus Elementary and Oak Woods School.

The Rio Brazos Master Naturalists and the Acton Nature Center’s homeschool program hosted the event.

Thirteen homeschoolers helped the Master Naturalists teach second-graders about various aspects of nature.

Several themed stations were set up to teach students about water, air and land.

Members of the Rio Brazos Master Naturalists and Mel Schrader from the Hood County Development District were on hand to help at the learning stations.

At the “air” station the children got to play the game “Bats and Moths.”

The game, similar to the children’s game Marco Polo, helps teach children about bats’ special ability called echolocation that helps them navigate in total darkness.

At the “land” station they played a game called “Fire in the Forest” where they imagined they were an animal trying to escape a fire.

Dayna Inbody, with the Rio Brazos Master Naturalists, said she has already received positive feedback from Granbury ISD.

“They had a fantastic time,” she said. “The kids really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot, and all want to do it again.”

A different group from Granbury ISD is scheduled for the same type of learning experience.

“We’re already hearing from the next group coming out,” Inbody said. “They are all excited after hearing how great Friday went for the kids.”

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