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Oden Elementary Hosts “B.E.A.R. Night” for Students and Parents

In partnership with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Ouachita River School District recently held two nights of learning for parents and students.

“Wild About Turkeys” was held at Acorn Elementary School on April 18.  Rotating through four stations, parents and their children learned about wild turkeys in our area.

Polk County Game Warden Ray Hines explained turkey habitats and hunting regulations.  Using models of wild turkey, the groups were presented with hands-on opportunities to learn about this wild game. AGFC Project Wild Coordinator Sheila Connerly provided a craft experience to reinforce learning about this wild bird.  Karen Westcamp Johnson is the AGFC Education Coordinator for Polk County and led the group in hands-on activities relating to the biology wild turkey.  Project Wild Facilitator Kathy Rusert used microscopes in the science lab to allow students to view turkey feathers.  Books relating to turkeys were available and students made turkey calls.

“B.E.A.R. Night” on March 26 at Oden Elementary stressed reading and learning about Arkansas Bears in the Be Excited About Reading program.  Students and parents rotated through four stations.  AGFC Education Coordinator for Montgomery County Dixie Hills coordinated the event.  Stations included bear biology, bear history, bear food, and bear tracking.

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