Breezy Point elementary school students get ricing lesson outdoors
Eagle View students get an outdoor lesson in collecting and harvesting wild rice.
Eagle View Elementary School students in Deanne Trottier's fourth-grade class wandered down to Rice Lake on Thursday, Sept. 30, for a lesson in harvesting wild rice.
As a part of their E-STEM class, students performed a ricing simulation safely on the shore where they could board a canoe and knock the rice grains into the boat - a process used for centuries by harvesters of wild rice, which technically is not rice at all, Trottier said.
Additionally, students learned where and how wild rice grows and how important the crop was to local Native Americans throughout history.
1/2: Mrs. Trottier describes ricing and how the rice was harvested centuries ago along Rice Lake. Dan Determan / Echo Journal
2/2: Fourth-grade Dagne Neale knocks rice into a canoe during her class' lesson on ricing Thursday, Sept. 30. Dan Determan / Echo Journal