Talladega Open Air Classroom—A Cooperative Approach to Environmental Education

In the fall and spring of each year, the Talladega National Forest becomes a classroom for second and fifth grade students. Students hike a 2-mile trail stopping at 6 to 7 learning stations. Students receive instruction on wildlife management, fisheries management, botany, forestry, fire prevention, litter control, and outdoor ethics. The program is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Talladega and Sylacauga school systems, the Alabama Forestry Commission, and the Pinecrest Garden Club. Since 1989, over 4,000 students have attended the Talladega Open Air Classroom. This hands-on concept of environmental education is well received by students, teachers, parents and community volunteers.

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