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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 13A Quincy Elementary students in grades one, two and three laughed and cheered at the all-school this year's terrific Outdoor Core environmental education program. Photos by Roni Java assembly held Oct. 5 to kick off Crates of the Kleen Kanteens stood at the ready to be passed out to QES students after the Outdoor Core assembly. Purchased with district funds and a generous contribution from the U.S. Forest Service, they are being distributed to all PUSD students for use during their field studies and special stickers will denote the species they are studying each year. STUDENTS, from page 12A awesome, clean Feather River water here." Wade checks to see how many youngsters know what hydration is and mentions how important it is to drink plenty of water when you're outside doing field studies or just having fun. The school district received a generous U.S. Forest Service contribution to put with its own funds to purchase 1,800 stainless steel Kleen Kanteens, enough for every PUSD student in the environmental education program this year. Other partners who gladly support the district's Outdoor Core program include Plumas National Forest, Feather River Trout Unlimited, Plumas Audubon Society, Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and Feather River College's Outdoor Recreation Leade ship program plus a whole lot of other folks. Last summer, the Bucks it to be sustaining and engaging 7 through 12 enjoyable -- not just for the environmental education students, but for the teachers, program that features a lot of too," he says. "We already cool field trips and activities. had a lot of these He says the older students partnerships in place and are having every bit as much we've been doing things like, fun with their focused for fourth grade, kids learn studies, too. with a partner how to catch The Taylorsville School is fish but also about the issues one location where a lot of that are affecting the species the middle school program they're studying." events happen and the kids He explains that, with the seem to thrive with the Learning Landscapes challenges and adventures outdoor classrooms that they experience with Rob and FRLT supports, students will his motivating team of eventually be able to enjoy a educators. walking field trip every week But it's not only students to those facilities by their who can take advantage of schools, the PUSD's outdoor school "So that means 36 walking there. field trips per year for these Wade reports the students," Wade said. "In TaylorsviUe School hosted terms of making this the California program sustainable, last Environmental Education year, PUSD teachers led over Foundation's Headwaters 700 field trips that I wasn't Institute with the Water even on. That only happens Education Foundation and with support and if the Cal State University, Chico teachers nurture the on Aug. 8-9. About 28 Butte program themselves. They're and Plumas County teachers doing great!" attended the institute. One of the best parts of the In addition, the district's program design for Outdoor Outdoor Core Camp was also Core is that the lessons and held at the U.C. Forestry Camp on Aug. 13-15 and included aSierra Nevada Phenomena Field Day with speaking, presenting and local scientists, the Buck critical thinking. It can Institute for Project-Based include math, English Learning Training, and Language Arts, science, NGSS Accelerator training history, art and more. That's with north state trainers a bonus for teachers who from Butte, Modoc, Shasta have a lot of learning to cover and Siskiyou counties. in a school year. "We're also working with "This isn't just for John Muir Laws on a Sierra science," Wade says. "These Nevada Phenomena Tool for kids are doing PowerPoints teachers that will rollout this and drawing in their year," Wade said with a scientific journals." feeling of accomplishment. Wade also oversees PUSD's !'Lots of exciting stuffi" Institt)te came Ul~ and held, activities also kncorDorate P SD eacher -- ke 'C ffiifib'f/Udi 'e l ilI df one of the h~arks of reading, writing, listening, Wade's terrific professional development program that educators in the Chester, Greenville, Portola and Quincy schools have come to rely on. As the video runs for the rapt audience, Wade takes stock of how far the Outdoor Core program has come. "This IS our whole K-6 science curriculum and many would say it's an audacious goal, but we want "Whoa!" said PUSD Outdoor Education Coordinator Rob Wade as he asked how many QES students had ever hiked to Boyle Ravine or the Big Q and almost every hand shot up at the school assembly launching this year's environmental education studies. Have your business and/or personal name(s) listed on a full page ad. "We Salute Our Soldiers, Past & Present" (Examples: Business Name or Mr. & Mrs. Smith) 7"hh page will run in all four Plumas County newspapers on Nov. 7th, 2018 Fill out following form and mail it or drop it off at your local newspaper office with a payment of $20. Deadline to receive in one of our offices is Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. Ip =- --,-- == == -- ,= == .-- ,= -- =, == -- .! I/we wont to be included in, the "We Salute Soldiers, Past 8= Present" tribute and donation. 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