Earlier this fall, fourth graders from Weyauwega and Fremont elementary schools went to Hartman CreeK State Park for Fourth Grade Conservation Day.
Students from Sandy Dykes’ leadership class and other FFA volunteers spent the afternoon teaching the fourth graders.
At the park, the fourth graders learned about the history of Wisconsin, water critters, plants and what early settlers used them for and the story of Anne Hellestad.
There were four stations for the students.
At one station, students learned Wisconsin became a state in 1848 and other agricultural state history facts.
At another station, they captured different living things in and around the lake at the park.
After they identified them, they showed them to all the fourth graders and released them.
At a third station, the fourth graders learned about the many plants growing in Wisconsin and some of the unique uses the early settlers had for them.
Students learned about skunk cabbage, dogwood, cattails, horsetail, winter cress, maple, birch, oak and pine trees.
The final station taught the fourth graders about Anne Hellestad, an immigrant from Norway and one of Wisconsin’s early settlers.
She was portrayed by one of the students from the high school leadership class.
The students had a chance to ask her questions about her life in a new country and how it was different from her homeland.
To learn more about Wisconsin, do research or ask a fourth grader.
After spending time at Hartman Creek with the high school students, they should be able to share what they learned with others.