Tucker County's annual Fifth Grade Connections Program is set Thursday at Canaan Valley State Park.
House of Delegates Education Chair Mary Poling, of Barbour County, and Delegate Stan Shaver of Preston County, a member of the House Education Committee, will participate in the event, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a gathering at the Canaan State Park Nature Center.
About 70 students from Davis-Thomas and Tucker Valley are to attend the Fifth Grade Connections Program, which The Mountain Institute helps provide. Students will learn about the natural and cultural history of Tucker County while conducting a stream study on Mill Run. They also will follow a nature scavenger hunt along park trails. These activities support hands-on, place-based learning of school science and social studies topics along with team building and collaborative problem solving.
The program has two goals: To introduce students from the two middle schools at opposite ends of the county and give them a shared sense of pride for their area; and to unite the students through place-based education that focuses on local history and science.
Half of the day will be spend completing a stream study, the other half will be spent participating in a natural history hike.
This program is also sponsored by Tucker County Connections with support from community groups and agencies.