Ocean Springs 8th graders spent Friday learning about the environment.
A variety of community groups participated in the third annual "Environmental Day" at the middle school. Volunteers from the Sandhill Crane Refuge taught the students about different types of woods fires.
Other activities included a nature walk and a special competition to teach students about the benefits of recycling. Teachers say such "hands on" activities work well in teaching about the environment.
"When they actually get to see it and do it and feel it and even smell it with the smoke and fire team, it's very educational for them and it has a lot of education and is a lot more meaningful," Ocean Springs science teacher Alice Cruthirds said.