Shelbyville Daily Union

May 3, 2013

County 1st-graders tour Ballard Nature Center

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Shelby County Agriculture Awareness Committee and Ballard Nature Center hosted 196 first graders for their end of the year learning field trip April 16-19. Cowden, Herrick, St. Michael the Archangel, Stewardson-Strasburg and Windsor braved all kinds of weather during the week.

The natural resource tours were designed as a hands on learning day for the students who having been learning about Illinois’ natural resources during the Agriculture in the Classroom lessons.

First grade classes each had a monthly lesson on Illinois mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians before attending the field trip. Each lesson was designed to teach students the characteristics of these different animals and to learn which animals are common in Illinois.

Students learned the state mammal is the white tailed deer, the state bird is the cardinal, the state fish is the bluegill, the state insect is the monarch butterfly, the state reptile is the painted turtle, and the state amphibian is the tiger salamander.

Ballard Nature Center took first graders on a hike teaching them to use their senses of sight, sound, and smell to explore nature in Illinois.

For more information on Agriculture in the Classroom or the Shelby County Ag Awareness Committee, please call the Shelby County Farm Bureau at 217-774-2151