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SCSD Third Graders Get "Nature in the City" Lesson at Elmwood Park

About 90 Franklin Elementary School 3rd graders had a chance Thursday to get their feet wet and learn a bit about the environment in their own back yards. The Syracuse City School District partnered with the Baltimore Woods Nature Center to take the young ecologists to Elmwood Park for a hands on lesson in stream quality as the final lesson of their Nature in the City program.  A class of tenth and eleventh graders from Nottingham High School’s “Natural Resources” program supervised the kids as student teachers, showing them how to identify macro-organisms they caught in the stream.

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Armed with nets, the Franklin 3rd graders are on a mission to find organisms in Furnace Brook in Elmwood Park.

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