Hamburg Elementary School teacher Sandra Oliver took her fourth and fifth grade Gifted and Talented classes to the Lake Chicot State Park Sept. 20. The class participated in a rotation circuit where they were able to learn about the lives of a fur trapper. The event lasted from 9:15 a.m. to noon with rotations of 25 minutes each along with five minute breaks. The group consisted of approximately 30 Hamburg Elementary Gifted and Talented students.

The first station, a reptile meet and greet hosted by the Cane Creek State Park, allowed students to learn about and experience various “gators” and snakes.

The second station, hosted by Colbert’s Raid by Arkansas Post National Memorial, explored the causes of the battle, and taught students about both sides, the British and Spanish. Finally, students learned the importance of the Native American allies, and the outcome of the battle.

The third station was animal tracks by Arkansas Game and Fish. Students learned about local animal tracks around Lake Chicot State Park.

The life of a fur trapper by the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources State Park was included in the fourth station. Students joined a park interpreter and learned what life was like for these early settlers.

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