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  • Nature Reach comes to GMS science classrooms

  • Delia Lister, director of the Pittsburg State University Nature Reach program, visited GMS science classrooms Feb. 1-8 to share information about the natural history of this area.

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  • Delia Lister, director of the Pittsburg State University Nature Reach program, visited GMS science classrooms Feb. 1-8 to share information about the natural history of this area.
    An outreach program of the PSU Biology Department, Nature Reach is part of the department’s Life Science Education Program and is supported by fees, grants and donations.
    In the past, Nature Reach had to charge a fee for visiting the school district, but this year’s program was funded by a large private donation, making the visits free for GMS.
    “Nature Reach was started back in the 1980s. Girard was one of the first four school districts visited, and we have been coming every year since,” Ms. Lister said.
    Regarding the program, GMS science instructor Kim Pitts said, “I feel that the program information is a necessary ‘must’ for our students. Delia shares information that is hands-on, visible and very interesting. Her props and animals are used to explain camouflage, animal adaptations, natural history and characteristics of organisms found native to Kansas.”
    Ms. Lister visited with eighth grade science classes about raptors and birds of prey Friday, Feb. 1, and Monday, Feb. 4.
    “Nature Reach was a really cool and fun way to learn about animals. I feel it is a privilege, and I learned a lot. I was very amazed by the animals they brought in,” eighth-grader Kelli Cuthbertson said.
    Eighth-grader Morgan Houk added, “I think Nature Reach provides a good hands-on resource to learn. The exhibition was very interesting and really engaged the classes in learning in a fun way.”
    On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Ms. Lister visited with all sixth grade science classes about animal adaptations.
    Sixth-grader Kynzie Smith said, “It was really cool to see and learn about the animals.”
    “It was fun to learn about the different kinds of animals. It was also awesome to feel the feathers, snake and turtle shell,” sixth-grader Taylor Bruning added.
    Ms. Lister returned Friday, Feb. 8, to visit with all seventh grade classes about reptiles and amphibians.
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