Forest Park students participate in Your Forest, Your Future event

Forest Park teacher Kurt Anderson presents to senior students about Clark Schwedler at Clark’s Landing. In front, from left, are Jared Grabowski, Sean Caron, Dawson Bongi, Marjia Cornelia, Kaden Graves and Tyler Shapley; in the middle row are Tori Ashcraft, Sydney Toivonen, Destiny Ferrara, Riley Hendrickson and Hannah Cleath; in back are teacher Marcus Celello, Hal Hoenig, Jacob Peterson, Jared Anderson, Arron Stebic, Madisen Thoreson, Cassie Divine, Taylor Clark, Sarah Premo and Max Nylund.

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park Schools recently participated in their annual school-wide Your Forest, Your Future event.

The mission is to give students the opportunity to experience and study school forests and the industries that depend on them, in order to better understand and appreciate the world around them.

Your Forest, Your Future included all students at Forest Park from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is a coordinated school-wide initiative with all staff involved, including administration, teachers, bus drivers, food service and custodial staff. The event is to promote the school-wide culture of learning at Forest Park.

This year’s event was focused on our water resources. Kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students spent time in the community garden and orchard, and various stations around the school grounds.

Students in third, fourth and fifth grade went to Bewabic State Park, where they participated in a variety of stations on natural resources.

Forest Park High School senior Elle Soderberg, center, helps fourth-grade students, from left, Rhylee Russell, Ellie Soderberg, Jaden Stevens and Jolene Paynter test water at Bewabic State Park. (Forest Park Schools photo)

Middle and high school students spent the day visiting stations involving the city’s power plant, wastewater settling ponds, a water bottling plant, school forest nature trail, forestry and water resources and Clark’s Landing. All of the students and staff were treated to a picnic at Stager Lake Park in Mansfield Township.

This project was partially funded by an Education Excellence grant through SET SEG.