BHS students enjoy outdoor learning at Myeerah

BHS students enjoy outdoor learning at Myeerah
Posted on 11/01/2022
State Wildlife Officer Adam Smith shows how to set a trap.

Bellefontaine High School students enjoyed a unique learning opportunity at Camp Myeerah recently.

Fourteen students participated in an outdoor education activity at the large camp on State Route 540 near Zanesfield.

State Wildlife Officer Adam Smith started the morning with a lesson on trapping.

He demonstrated how to properly set hunting traps just below ground level.

Smith then showed how to set snare traps in a tree line.

Smith stressed that trappers are responsible for checking their traps each day.

BHS School Resource Officer Doug Walters then showcased his knowledge and passion for archery.

Walters, who’s a competitive archer, brought a few different bows to the camp.

He touted the advantages of bow hunting.

Students then shot rubber arrows into targets.

Longtime BHS teacher Aaron Garver led a presentation on fishing.

Garver taught students how to properly rig a fishing line.

Students then went fishing at the nearby lake at Camp Myeerah.

The day concluded with a hot meal prepared at the camp.

Four of the students used the day as part of their capstone project, which is required to graduate.

The class is taught by Rick Reed and Taylor Elson.

Ten of the students were in Garver’s woods class at BHS.

Reed reflected on the outdoor learning activity. “It was a great experience for our students. Thomas Hunsicker, Matt Drake, Blake Cramer, and Ty Conwell approached me about putting on an outdoor event for their capstone project.

“I loved the uniqueness of the idea and was excited to get the support of Mr. Garver, Officer Walters, and Officer Smith. All three gentlemen did a great job exhibiting skills to the students, then allowing our students to engage. I think we all walked away from this saying it should be a yearly event at BHS.”

Photos: State Wildlife Officer Adam Smith shows how to set a trap below the ground.

Smith demonstrates how to set a snare trap.

Officer Walters shows how to shoot a compound bow.

BHS students shoot rubber arrows into a target.

Teacher Aaron Garver leads a presentation on how to rig a fishing line.

Students fish at Camp Myeerah.

State Wildlife Officer Adam Smith shows how to set a trap.

State Wildlife Officer Adam Smith shows how to set a trap.

Smith demonstrates how to set a snare trap.

Officer Walters shows how to shoot a compound bow.

BHS students shoot rubber arrows into a target.

Teacher Aaron Garver leads a presentation

Students fish at Camp Myeerah.
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