HOBART | Students from the E.P.A. Environmental Club at St. Mary Catholic Community School recently enjoyed a spring hike through Bur Oak Woods Nature Preserve, one of the few remaining old growth savanna habitats in Lake County.
The site is dominated by centuries old pen grown Bur Oaks and is home to many animals, such as deer, fox, turkeys and flying squirrels.
Students were engaged in a variety of environmental education activities during their visit, exploring concepts such as competition, adaptation and interdependence. These were led by Education and Volunteer Manager Jim Erdelac of the Shirley Heinz Land Trust and Outreach Education Coordinator Kellie Koerner of the Dunes Learning Center.
The E.P.A. Environmental Club at St. Mary’s stands for Education, Protection and Appreciation and is open to students in grades 4 through 8. Led by Principal Tom Ruiz and teachers Kim Hise, Rachel Baker and Heather Clarkson, students attend monthly meetings, write a weekly article for the school’s electronic newsletter and take field trips. They also spearhead the school’s recycling program.