Conservation trailer visits Iota

Mitzi Dohrman, with the Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District, takes Iota Elementary teacher Claire O’pry’s third grad class on a tour of the district’s “Conservation Trailer.” The trailer, designed by Dohrman, helps to educate the students about the conservation of natural resources through interactive methods.
Grant allows Vermilion's district to visit Acadia Parish


IOTA - Mitzi Dohrman, with the Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District, was at Iota Elementary School on Thursday to bring students on a tour of the districts “conservation trailer.”

Students who toured the trailer during the visit were given the opportunity to stop at different stations under headings such as “air,” “water” and ”soil” to learn about various aspects of nature and how they are affect the conservation of natural resources.    

“A 319 grant between Vermilion and Acadia parishes allowed us to travel here today,” she said. “Down the road we’re hoping to travel to other parishes more often to visit other schools.” 

The trailer, which was designed by Dohrman, has already been to six parishes in the Acadiana area.

“This gives students the opportunity to directly interact with our displays,” she said. “We’re hoping to teach students about trying to conserve our state’s natural resources. Everything we teach them in here is tied in with the state’s curriculum.”

If Thursday‘s visit from third grade teacher Claire O’pry’s class was any indication, the “conservation trailer” may be the perfect way to educate young students about the conservation of natural resources. At every station, Dohrman had the full attention of the group as she described each topic in depth. 

“We’ve tweaked it a bit to where each display is glued to the tables so that the kids can’t grab them and move them around,” she laughed. “After visiting a few schools we realized that it could get a bit messy.

“In the long run, our goal is to hire somebody full-time to travel with the trailer,” she added. “Hopefully, this can become an everyday thing.”

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