Posted: Sep 19, 2011 9:33 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - There's a new, rolling conservation classroom for schools from Cameron Parish to Terrebonne Parish and as far north as Evangeline Parish.
Exhibits about the soil, plants, water, air and animals of Louisiana's wetlands, and about recycling, are housed in a 40-foot-long trailer.
The Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District unveiled the Conservation Classroom on Wednesday in Abbeville.
Conservation district chairman Ernest Girouard says classroom presentations can be modified to fit teachers' lesson plans.
LSU AgCenter 4-H county agent Shannan Waits says the instructors will be 4-H junior leaders - three students at Kaplan High and one at Abbeville High.
The classroom is being used now for fourth- and fifth-graders in Vermilion Parish, but officials say it will be used throughout the district.