Isanti County students get outdoorsy at Becklin County Park

Around 360 sixth-grade students from Cambridge, Braham and the Cambridge Christian School enjoyed a walk in the outdoors while learning about natural resources and environmental topics Friday, May 16 at Becklin County Park near Cambridge.

Various resource professionals educated the students on tree planting, Minnesota fish, watersheds, amphibians, water resources, the gypsy moth, bald eagles, natural resource enforcement and severe weather and tickborne disease awareness. Each class spent 25 minutes at an interactive station in the park’s natural setting. The annual event is sponsored by the Isanti County Water Plan/Isanti County Zoning Office.

Cody Nelson, of Isanti, shows one of the several kinds of salamanders that Wisconsin Wildlife environmental education for Randy Korb presented in his Incredible Amphibians station. Some of the students found worms for their salamanders.  Natasha Northrop, of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, had plenty of visual aids in educating these students on the gypsy moth. Left: Cody Nelson, of Isanti, shows one of several kinds of salamanders that Wisconsin Wildlife environmental educator Randy Korb presented in his Incredible Amphibians station. Students couldn't wait to get to the next station. A representative from Wolcyn’s Tree Farm educates students on the different types of trees that grow in the area. John Frank, of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, brought a container of live Minnesota fish for his presentation. He is holding a sheepshead, which is a type of rough fish.
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Natasha Northrop, of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, had plenty of visual aids in educating these students on the gypsy moth. Left: Cody Nelson, of Isanti, shows one of several kinds of salamanders that Wisconsin Wildlife environmental educator Randy Korb presented in his Incredible Amphibians station.