Conservation on the Ground –
Work Continues on the Outdoor Education
Trail at Loachapoka Elementary School
by Anne Miller, District Administrative Coordinator, Opelika Field Office
The Opelika Field Office of USDA-Natural
Resources Conservation Service and the Lee
County Soil and Water Conservation District
continue to provide support for the Loachapoka
nature trail and science program. Anne Miller,
District Administrative Coordinator and Lee
County Earth Team Volunteer; and Dr. James H.
Miller, U.S. Forest Service, Research Scientist,
tagged trees and plants to identify common and
scientific names. The tags help students identify
the plants and trees. Using the tagged plants and
trees as examples, students can then walk the
trails and identify same species plants and trees
that are not tagged.
The nature trail provides an opportunity for
citizens of the Loachapoka Community to learn
more about conserving natural resources.
Parents, teachers, and community
volunteers are actively involved as this
nature trail moves the science program to an
outdoor setting. The hands-on experience
greatly enhances the Loachapoka science
School administrators and teachers have
been successful in recruiting volunteers and
funds to support the Loachapoka School
The Loachapoka Nature Trail is a product of a
partnership effort. Students, teachers, along with
several Federal and State agencies have all
worked hard to bring the project to life.
Dr. James H. Miller, Research Scientist with the U.S.
Forest Service, is among the volunteers working
on the Loachapoka nature trail.
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