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Friends of Henry Horton Host Watershed Event

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 10:08 am


Henry Horton was full of fifth graders on Friday Oct. 20 for Duck River Education Day at Henry Horton State Park. The event started bright and early with students from Chapel Hill and Cornersville. The afternoon group was made up of students from Lewisburg. Spring Hill fifth graders will come Nov. 1 for the program.

For more than 10 years now, students have visited our local state park to learn about the Duck River watershed. It has significantly grown according to Stacey Cothran and Suzie Comstock. Cothran serves as President of Friends of Henry Horton State Park and Comstock is Vice President. They both came to support the activities. Volunteers Chuck and Georganne Holland provided the snacks for volunteers and station leaders. Jennifer McKay from Waste Management helped with the flow of kids from one station to another by using a loud “air horn” as a timer.

Ten stations were setup and students rotated through the stations in groups. They learned about freshwater mussels, recycling, soil conservation, macroinvertebrates, enviroscape, and the history of Henry Horton himself. Three female engineers from GM attended and taught about turbidity and PH balance.

Over 400 student and teachers attended and even more are expected in November. The stations were led by Henry Horton Park Rangers and people from Waste Management, Chemco, and Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District. Lewisburg Water and Waster taught about the importance of clean water. Normandy Fish Hatchery was also onsite.