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Students head to the great outdoors to learn

The Audubon Nature Center hosted the students for hands-on learning about nature and the environment. (Photo source: WLOX) The Audubon Nature Center hosted the students for hands-on learning about nature and the environment. (Photo source: WLOX)
Each stage offered a different lesson, including meteorology, the pollination of flowers, foraging for food, and even sampling the water. (Photo source: WLOX) Each stage offered a different lesson, including meteorology, the pollination of flowers, foraging for food, and even sampling the water. (Photo source: WLOX)
With Earth Day just a week away, the students spent time in the great outdoors. (Photo source: WLOX) With Earth Day just a week away, the students spent time in the great outdoors. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Learning about science and the environment doesn't have to happen in class. Students from Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point found that out today. 

Some students are taking water samples. Others learn about pollination, courtesy of the Audubon Center, where Mark LaSalle is the director.

“For the last two years, we've been focused on getting them here, to learn about the environment, about nature, and celebrate Earth Day,” LaSalle explained. 

The event is made possible with the help of volunteers from Chevron. Amy Brandenstein is one of the volunteers.

“Chevron employees are really unique. They enjoy getting out and being part of their community. We have several handfuls of folks today that are going to help the different stations,” Brandenstein said. 

One of the bigger draws today was those big storms that sometimes impact our coast. Jordan Seales is a student.

“We learned about hurricanes, because we learned it in science class. It's just real fun. I just wanted to learn more about it,” said Jordan. 

Another student is Ruben Lee.

“We learned the different kinds of techniques they use to predict hurricanes and to see what caused the hurricanes,” said Ruben. 

This is the kind of classroom that really engages students like China Chandler.

“I like to study, study maps and geography, and now I get to be around it and experience more of it, and it's good to take a breath of fresh air,” China said.

While these middle school students enjoyed learning about science and the environment, perhaps they enjoyed something even more. Mother Nature. Just ask student Aja Sherrod.  

“It's hands-on and we actually get the chance to explore new things and actually see more about it instead of just sitting in a classroom,” said Aja.  

If the students were to grade this lesson themselves, more than likely, they would all give it an A+.  

This is the third year the Audubon Center has hosted the students from Magnolia Middle School.

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