Over the course of this school year the fourth grade students at Chief Kamiakin have had the good fortune to participate in an exciting outdoor adventure. Students received training for their ecology project beginning in September with visits from Bob Tuck of the Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program, individuals from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and from educators from the Woodland Park Zoo's Wildwise program.
Students learned about the habitats of Washington state and more specifically about the Sunnyside Wildlife Area. In three trips to the Sunnyside Wildlife Area students cleaned nest boxes, observed and collected data about wildlife species, and began a restoration project by planting trees and shrubs in the riparian zone. Each field experience was rewarding and enjoyed by all, especially due to the generous donation of an outhouse from Cliff's Septic Tank Service.
Chief Kamiakin fourth grade students, teachers and parent volunteers say "Three cheers to Cliff's for making our field trips much more comfortable."
/s/ Erika Barrom