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Hillcrest School went into the wild Monday morning to get a lesson straight from Mother Nature.

The students ventured to the Baker Wetlands to learn about wildlife, elevation, movement and the history of the area.

Local students experience wetlands

Local elementary students headed into the wild blue yonder to learn about a nearby natural landmark. Enlarge video

“I believe that the next generation has to have a shared sense of place and space,” said Bob Burkhart, the Wakarusa Watershed marshal. “The idea is that if you get out here in the natural surroundings and breathe the fresh air and look at other wildlife, you understand that we’re all basically bio-critters.”