Hardin County’s Horse Creek Days
By Elizabeth Gibbs Hardin Co. SCD Secretary
Summer Break is arriving soon, and soon the kids will get outside! In Hardin County some school kids got a chance to get out of school early for a special event known as “Nature Days”, even before summer break. As part of this event, the Hardin County Soil Conservation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency came together to help educate the 4th graders of all Hardin County schools for a couple of sunny days in early May.
Mike Hansbrough (NRCS Area Biologist) and Jared Kelley (NRCS Soil Conservationist) talk to students on the banks of Horse Creek as part of Nature Days in Hardin Co.
The event is held at Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Reserve, a property that contains over 2,000 acres devoted to the safety and security of wildlife native to the area. The Hardin Co. SCD and NRCS have participated for the past 13 years in the annual Horse Creek Nature Days event, manning the Water Quality Station, and informing young students about erosion, sediment, and conservation efforts that affect water quality. The students were able to observe many forms of live specimens collected from the creek each morning by NRCS’s Mike Hansbrough, Martha Griffin, Jared Kelley, and along with TWRA’s Chris Hunter.
Students were involved in hands on learning handling many aquatic insects, crayfish, minnows, and other creatures. The question and answer portions were especially lively, as students asked many questions about the environment, animals, and conservation. Many students volunteered information concerning their future goals which included becoming: biologists, veterinarians and conservationists. Horse Creek Days were a great success due to the knowledge of those who were willing to volunteer and help with our local area students.
Martha Griffin and Chris Hunter along with 4th grade students from Hardin Co. Schools.