BUTTERNUT - Most students want to get outside for recess. Now, students in Butternut will have a whole new outlook on learning thanks to an outdoor classroom and student forest.
"The community can come and use it, the school can come and use it, it'll be here for years and years," says High School Science Teacher Dawn Ertl.
But this outdoor classroom and forest is seven years in the making. The Butternut School District raised nearly $50,000 to get kids out of the classroom and into the world.
"We don't have the resources larger schools do so having the community come together has made all the difference," says Ertl.
Students here will use the outdoor classroom and forest in a number of ways. English students can take a walk through the trails and do some creative writing, and Biology students can study the environment at its best.
"There's so many mathematical learning opportunities through these kinds of projects. It's a great way to get people engaged and understand the world around them better," says DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.
Students from classes that helped build their new classroom are taking away lasting memories.
"This is the only class I know of that you get to actually come outside, was the Field Biology class. And getting to make it so other kids can come out too is probably the best part," says junior Liz Pritzl.
GREEN BAY - Two people convicted of mistreating cows at a Brown County dairy farm have been fined hundreds of dollars.
Lucia Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of mistreating animals, and Abelardo Jaimes pleaded no contest to one count. As part of a plea deal the charge was downgraded from a misdemeanor to a forfeiture.
Prosecutor David Lasee says with fines and court costs, Martinez will owe about $1,100, while Jaimes will have to pay $600 to $700.
Martinez, Jaimes and two others were charged after Mercy for Animals, an animal-rights group, secretly recorded workers beating injured cows.
Jaimes' attorney, Luca Lopes Fagundes, says workers were told they needed to make sure sick cows didn't remain down because they could die.
A message left with Martinez's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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