SPS’s “Outdoor U” Students Learn Fly Fishing & Other Outdoor Skills

The summer of 2020 may be different for everyone but for the students of Springfield Public Schools’ “Outdoor U”, learning about the outdoors and outdoor sports.

The middle school students most recently learning how to use a fishing pole and the art of fly fishing.

“The students were exploring information about fishing. They had to demonstrate their fishing knowledge of equipment and safety. They were practicing casting and were trying to show their accuracy,” teacher Rebecca Lutz in a press release. “When they got back into the classroom they had to plan a fishing trip to a local fishing spot.”

Outdoor U, part of the district’s diverse programs in the summer Explore! program, also teaches students survival skills and how those skills are based on science.

“The outdoor class spends a lot of time outside in the park. We combined the virtual curriculum with outdoor activities. Then, when we come into the classroom, we can talk about the assignment,” Lutz said. “This summer the students have made knots and learned about different species of trees and plants. We learned to make shadow sticks and water filters. The students seem to enjoy their time learning and safely being around their friends.”

The field experiences normally taught to Outdoor U. students might not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, but the students are still being given the opportunities to visit parks and learn safely how to explore the outdoors.

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