Antioch students study trees at McMahon Environmental Center

McMahon Ctr visit

Antioch Elementary School fourth-graders Cade Huerta, Dylan Keith and Jacob Gabany measure a tree at McMahon Environmental Center.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Is a longleaf pine tree deciduous or evergreen?

Approximately how many everyday products come from trees?

Antioch Elementary School fourth-graders can answer these and many more questions about trees following field trips Wednesday and Thursday to the McMahon Environmental Center.

In groups of about 10, the kids observed some of the center's more than 100 native trees. During tree tours with senior forester Maria Wilson, of the Florida Forest Service, they learned about tree characteristics.

In addition, students conducted a scavenger hunt in the museum with retired forester John McMahon, the center’s namesake, and wrote a paragraph about their favorite tree.

"Programs like this teach the kids an awful lot in a short period of time," McMahon said.

"This was a way for the kids to get out and learn about native Florida plants and animals and practice science skills," Okaloosa School District science coordinator Dawn Pack said. "It combines science, social studies and language arts."

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