On Tuesday through Thursday, third and fourth graders from Jackson Public Schools will learn about forestry and natural resources as part of U.S. Forest Service program taking place at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
Students will meet Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, and listen to the Blues Rangers, a band of Forest Service employees who use the blues to deliver conservation messages. The program runs Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson.
The program is part of efforts by the National Forests in Mississippi and other conservation agencies and groups to help reconnect America's youth with the outdoors. For generations, America's youth grew up with an understanding of the value of forests and nature. They learned that forests provide clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, hunting, fishing, recreational opportunities, building materials, and even jobs.
In recent years, however, there has been a growing disconnect between children and nature. This disconnect from nature coupled with a sedentary lifestyle has serious implications for the long-term health and well-being of our youth. This disconnect also translates into an uncertain future for sustainable forests and healthy public lands.
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