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Students learn about the environment in the right place

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Hundreds of fourth and fifth graders stepped out of the classroom and into the park for the Yakima Greenway Rivers Festival Thursday.
More than 700 students from around the valley visited Sarg Hubbard Park to learn about the environment, and sustainability.

With almost a dozen exhibits from organizations like the US Forest Service and Yakima Fish and Wildlife, students were able to get a first hand look at things they learn about every day.

"We wanted to make sure that kids not only are using models in our classroom but they actually get to come outside and experience it in real life, hands on, outside," said Jennifer Quigley, a teacher at Selah Intermediate School.

Selah Intermediate School brought about 300 kids and Quigley says they use what the kids learn outside and take it back to the classroom to emphasize their lesson plan.