4th graders revel in Willapa's nature

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Willapa National Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers helped area fourth graders learn about the bay's environment recently.

WILLAPA BAY - Over a three-day period, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge hosted over 190 fourth grade students from Astoria, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Naselle and South Bend, who excitedly visited six educational science stations to learn more about the environment and how to be good future stewards.

Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge annually co-sponsor this educational event as part of their fourth grade environmental education program. The field trip is a culmination of a year-long program where fourth graders learn about the refuge system, bird basics, habitat, and the local amphibian population in the classroom.

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