Senior Marcus Day took the Natural Resources Course, which is a joint science and English course, in his first year because he loved forestry and the hands-on nature of the course.
“Being able to go out and have a normal class outside was the fun part,” he said. “It was definitely the highlight of the day at school, because I don’t like to sit still.”
He said he got a lot more from the program than he would get in a normal classroom, both physical skills and observational skills, like homework to sit in nature and write. ” all the little details you would never think of “.
“It’s so different, especially for people who are interested in doing more practical things,” Day said. “I’m glad they have it.”
Stone said the access road would facilitate some current lesson plans and allow him to expand the curriculum.
Students in the natural resources class learn to make cruise lumber, that is, measure trees to determine height and diameter and how many board feet of lumber are in the tree.
“Being able to easily access a variety of trees next year with the road, we won’t have to spend as much time removing blackberries and finding the patches we want to measure,” Stone said. “They will be accessible from the roadway.