BALLINGER– With a little nip in the air, 158 Fifth grade students from Ballinger, Miles, Winters, and Olfen arrived on buses to unload and view the ranch of Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) member, Rodney Flanagan. These eager Fifth graders arrived to see the learning stations set up for the Natural Resource Day Outdoor Classroom.

The annual field day featured presentations from AgriLife Extension, Farm Bureau, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Lipan Kickapoo Underground Water District and local residents.

NRCS and Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsored the event that offered eight educational stations covering animal safety, crop production, plants, water quality, erosion and wildlife habitat. Conservation education was the primary focus of all participants during the 21st annual event.

“This event lets students participate in activities that some rarely if ever get to see. Some of the students said, ‘I have never been on a farm’. We are extremely pleased that the county schools continue to let the children participate in this event. It is critical that these students understand and get a taste of what agriculture means to them, and truly know the importance of conserving our natural resources.” Flanagan said.