MERRILL - Students at Prairie River Middle School in Merrill want to enjoy the river behind their school.
They spent time on Tuesday clearing out some of the invasive species along the riverbank.
"They're taking over and we need to get rid of them while there's still time," says 8th grader Morgan Henrichs.
Science teachers at Prairie River Middle School want to teach their students how to get rid of invasive species.
"Just some hard work, show how hard it is to protect something and give them a sense of pride and ownership of the project," says science teacher Nathan Grams.
But it wasn't all hard work.
"I love getting out with nature and we're in school, we're with our peers and we get to help out the environment," says 8th grader Bailey Iwen.
Students will replace the invasive species with local plants.
"Some of the plants we're getting rid of are buckthorn, honeysuckle. We've seen some knotweed down there, some raspberry bushes, blackberry bushes. They're just kind of taking over everything," says Grams. "Some of the plants that we're trying to get in here are just some local grasses."
The school got a grant to start this project.
Teachers hope students learn how to care for their town.
"With how beautiful Merrill is, with all the parks that it has it's definitely something that they can take ownership of and become part of the community and saying 'we did this'," says Grams.