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Continued: Garlough Environmental third-graders learn at trading post

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 14, 2013 - 1:14 PM

The school partners with Dodge Nature Center and is adjacent to a park, so all students can find something to trade if they look, Parker said.

Principal Sue Powell said she thought the trading post was a good idea because she likes trying innovative things. And the project plays into kids’ “intrinsic curiosity about bugs and pretty much anything to do with nature,” she said.

Next year, Parker will continue the project, possibly buying a taller case and adding lighting to make the Trading Post more like a museum experience, she said.

“The best projects are when they don’t even realize the academic value of what they’re doing. It’s just fun,” Parker said.

 

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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