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A field trip — in their own backyard

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BAXTER — With a 60-acre school forest filled with trails, a wetland area and plenty of wildlife right in their own backyard, Forestview Middle School fifth-graders don’t have to venture far to commune with nature.

On Tuesday and Thursday, Forestview fifth-graders participated in Forestry Days, an annual event where local natural resources experts teach them about forest management practices, tree identification and give them an introduction to the Dean Makey School Forest.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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