Duck River Education Day
Marshall County fifth graders got some time out of the classroom on Friday.
They were still learning, however, to learn about one of the most vital features of the county, the Duck River.
This year marks the seventh Duck River Education Day held at Henry Horton State Park by the Friends of Henry Horton.
“They (the Friends group) plan this thing and put it on and it’s just amazing,” said Ryan Jenkins, ranger at Henry Horton State Park.
All of the county’s fifth graders, from Cornersville, Lewisburg, and Chapel Hill, took advantage of the beautiful day to learn how many ways the river is important in their lives.
“They are so excited by it,” said Stacey Cothran, president of the Friends of Henry Horton.
The goal of the day is to educate students on the many ways in which the Duck River, overlooked so often, is a vital resource for those who live in the watershed.
This is first year that the Friends group has used a format developed by the Duck River Agency.
The groups of students rotated among 10 different stations, each covering a different aspect of the river.
Agencies teaching about the river ranged from the Lewisburg Water and Waste Water Department and the Marshall County Solid Waste Department to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The river provides drinking water for 250,000 people living near it, including the majority of water used in Marshall County.
The Duck is also the most biologically diverse river in North America, with 151 fish species and more than 50 different mussel species.
In the future, Cothran said, the Friends would like to expand the day to include fifth graders from Maury and Bedford Counties as well, eventually hosting students from all of the counties along the 284 mile course of the Duck River.