Julie Nelson’s sixth-grade science classes at South Side Bee Branch had outdoor classes on April 16 at South Fork Nature Center. The Nature Center is a conservation project dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and diversity of the Greers Ferry Lake shoreline.

The classes started the day with a chilly but invigorating hike into the Nature Center, stopping to look at evidence of woodpeckers in a downed log and to discuss nature’s "recycling center."

Several docents conducted outdoor classes, including Sound Mapping, Journals in Nature, Edible Plants, Ecosystems, Geology, Glade Restoration, and Plant Reproduction.

The students enjoyed a picnic lunch on the grounds and a brief history of the Riddle Cabin.

The students then gathered into hiking groups to explore the farthest reaches of SFNC out on the peninsula, deep into the woods, and to the waterfall where the girls built a rock cairn along the trail, marking the trail they had hiked.