Road donation helps expand Kalama schools’ natural resources program | Education
Senior Marcus Day took the natural resources class, which is a joint science and English class, in his junior year because he liked forestry and the hands-on nature of the course.
“Being able to go outside and spend a normal class outside, that was the most fun part,” he said. “It was definitely the high point of the day at school, because I don’t like sitting around.”
He said he got a lot more out of the program than he would have in a normal class, both physical skills and observation skills, like assignments to sit in nature and write “all the fine details you would never think about.”
“It’s just so different, especially for the people who are interested in doing more hands on stuff,” Day said. “I’m glad they have it.”
Stone said the access road will make some current lessons plans easier and allow him to expand the curriculum.
Students in the natural resources class learn about timber cruising, which is measuring trees to determine height and diameter and how many board feet of wood are in the tree.
“Being able to access a variety of trees easily next year with the road, we won’t have to spend so much time removing blackberries and finding the plots we want to measure,” Stone said. “They’ll be accessible from the roadway.”