DENMARK, Wis. (WBAY) - Students from Denmark Middle School traded in their pens and pencils today for fishing poles and worms. It's all part of a lesson in conservation.
Instead of studying about conservation in the classroom, about a 125 Denmark Middle School students received a hands-on lesson about loving the land.
"The outdoors, get outside, get out with your family, get some fresh air, learn how to fish and enjoy the environment," says Barry Melotte with Wings Over Wisconsin.
Wings Over Wisconsin, a non-profit conservation organization, opened its fishing ponds to the students for the day. With the help of the DNR, the middle schoolers were able to interact with nature and those who know its rules.
Ka Yeng Vue is a Conservation Warden with the DNR. According to him, "It's important to talk to these kids about these things because you start influencing them a lot earlier on and it will help them protect the environment for them, when they grow up."
While the students learned how to properly cast and fish, they also learned the rules of the water and how to protect the environment. It's something they will take away from this experience.
"Some people get seriously injured if they don't know the proper rules for fishing and if they fall out of the boat they might get seriously injured," says Owen Nys, a sixth grader.
Sixth grader Lucas Miller adds, "One of the things we learned was about how, if you fish too many fish you catch too many fish it can be dangerous for the environment and there's a restriction on how many fish you can catch."
It's an out of classroom experience the district knows has an impact on the student.
"They love it. There's great energy around it and we love that we can partner with Wings Over Wisconsin to do this," says Amy Gleeson, Denmark Middle School Principal.
While Friday's event was private for Denmark Middle School students, Wings Over Wisconsin invites the public to it's kid's fishing event on Saturday, May 20th from 9am-3pm.