Thomas County Central students build their own forest

Thomas County Central students build their own forest

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - Students at Thomas County Central High School (TCC) got their hands dirty Wednesday while building their own forest.

Brian Wiebler, the education coordinator for Tall Timbers, said this will bring life to what students are learning in the classroom.

Brian Wiebler, Outreach and Education Coordinator for Tall Timbers (Source: WALB)
Brian Wiebler, Outreach and Education Coordinator for Tall Timbers (Source: WALB)

“Forestry, through agriculture, biology, through local history. This can be a touchstone for teachers to be creative with outdoor learning experience,” said Wiebler.

Wiebler said this is the perfect space to test experiments and conduct long term research.

“That kids growing up here realize that this is a special thing that they get to be around and they can see it and watch it grow, and they can be a part of it right here on their campus," said Wiebler.

Wiebler said longleaf pines, one tree students are planting, used to cover 90-million acres of land in America, but today it only covers three million acres.

Jackreed Anderson, a senior at TCC, told WALB that this setting will allow him to gain a deeper understanding of what he’s already learning.

Jackreed Anderson, senior at Thomas County Central High School (Source: WALB)
Jackreed Anderson, senior at Thomas County Central High School (Source: WALB)

“This helps us to actually help us be hands-on with what we are learning and not only have it in the classroom," said Anderson.

Wiebler said the best way teachers can have a meaningful impact on their students is through hands-on activities.

“To show that this idea of how you can have an impact on the land is through frequent contact,” said Wiebler.

Eventually, students will get to see first-hand how people shape the land around them.

“This entire thing is being built to burn," said Wiebler.

Through prescribed burning, Wiebler said students will see how forestry works. However, many projects will happen before the man-made forest gets burned.

Wiebler said the prescribed burning will happen next school year.

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