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Forestry Education at Caroline Dorman

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WOODWORTH, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- It's science time for the seventh graders at Caroline Dorman Junior High, but it's not class as usual.

"With them clearing out the land for us to build the school, now what we're doing is trying to give back and we're planting these seedlings today to help reforest it," says science teacher Tammie Santos.

The kids had the chance to plant long-leaf pine seedlings on their campus- which is built on Kisatchie National Forest lands.

The long leaf seedlings the kids are planting today are about a year old, but in about two decades or so they'll grow into trees about the size of the ones you see behind me.

The kids also learned a lesson about the importance of forestry in Louisiana. It's a part of an on going partnership between the forestry service and the school.

"We are actually working on putting in an educational trail which will have 5 to 6 outdoor classrooms including an amphitheater so the teacher's can bring the teachers out for some outdoor classroom activities," says Lisa Lewis, a forest ranger with Kisatchie National Forest.

Teachers say the new common core standards give them the flexibility to let the kids explore and learn through these hands on activities.

"In the old days the teacher did all the work and the students just received, but now they will take this and run with it. They really love hands on. They learn it better that way," adds Santos.

As these seedlings grow into trees throughout the generations, the kids will grow into students with the knowledge and the appreciation for forestry.

"We just feel that we're giving back to the future generations."

The students planted about one thousand seedlings today. They'll continue to monitor and record information about the growth of the trees in future science classes.

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