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Osakis sixth-grade students Destiney Jones (left) and Rylee Humble check out the bubbleology station. They learned how water, soap, and glycerin molecules join together to make bubbles. (Contributed)1 / 5
Brock Miller, a sixth-grade student at St. Agnes School, inspects a beehive intent on finding the queen. The students learned about the valuable role of pollinators in the environment. (Contributed) 2 / 5
St. Agnes students Jerrald Witt and Kaleb Helberg try out the mobile firefighting hose with a DNR forester at the Enviro-Fest. (Contributed)3 / 5
Zackery Bruder builds a giant bubble at Enviro-Fest with the help of his St. Agnes classmates, Ellie Bock, Jerrald Witt and Kolbe Hoeper. (Contributed) 4 / 5
Osakis sixth-grade students Wyatt Klimek (left) and Rylee Humble examine soil samples to determine if the soil is healthy by looking for living things. (Contributed)5 / 5

Nearly 400 sixth-grade students in Todd County — including those from Osakis — learned about natural resources and the environment on Sept. 20 but it wasn't through textbooks or lectures.

Their classroom was a farm.

The 24th annual Todd County Soil and Water Conservation District Enviro-Fest took place at the Dale and Marie Katterhagen farm east of Browerville.

The students went to several stations throughout the farm to get insights into a wide variety of topics — wildlife, soils, electricity, bubbleology, topography, invasive species, watersheds, bears, erosion, tree planting, gophers, water use, forestry, bees, furs, birds, water, hydroponics and more.

A total of 70 students and teachers from Osakis Elementary School and eight from St. Agnes School participated in the event, along with groups from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Bertha Hewitt, Browerville, Staples-Motley ahd homeschools.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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