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West Virginia Wildlife
Wildlife Trunks
Patrick McMurtry Learning Outside The Box

February 6, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


These kids are having the time of their lives learning all about mammals roaming the woods, waters and mountains of West Virginia and they're not even leaving their classroom. It's all thanks to the wildlife boxes the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources makes available to teachers, and these kids love them!

"We learn about their skills and their fur and what they eat, legends about them." George Wait is one of the third grade class of gifted students here at the Village of Barboursville Elementary School. Teacher Megan Salter ordered the box from the DNR's Elkins field office, it came in and the kids just jumped right into learning.
Sophie Slaughter and Kaitlyn Sullivan teamed up to learn more about raccoons.
On each page we have different assignments, you have to read books and do the assignment and get a sticker when you are done."
Megan says these boxes offer a lot of things you might know about mammals, and some you definitely don't
"Inside the box, we have different types of mammals from West Virginia. We have divided them up and the children have different boxes. They can trace the outline of the footprint, there is a book they can read, actually this one has two books. This is their favorite part, a replica of river otter scat."

Making learning fun-it works for Megan's class and is just another way the DNR gets your kids involved in the outdoors-this time without leaving the classroom.

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