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WoodMobile, ESC Tours Expose Secondary Students to Forestry Opportunities


Nathan C. Pysher points out some of the skills needed to be a hands-on forester.
Nathan C. Pysher points out some of the skills needed to be a hands-on forester.
Brandon J. Novakoski handles with ease a student's questions on the differences between native and ornamental trees.
Brandon J. Novakoski handles with ease a student’s questions on the differences between native and ornamental trees.
Professor Dennis F. Ringling shares with Athens High School  students the outstanding hardwood forests in Pennsylvania.
Professor Dennis F. Ringling shares with Athens High School students the outstanding hardwood forests in Pennsylvania.
Inside the WoodMobile
Inside the WoodMobile
The WoodMobile staff captures students' attention as they are introduced to "Penn's Woods" and the importance of the wood industry to the commonwealth.
The WoodMobile staff captures students’ attention as they are introduced to “Penn’s Woods” and the importance of the wood industry to the commonwealth.

Nearly 50 secondary students, teachers and chaperones visited Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Wednesday, enjoying a day outdoors in spite of the rain. High school students from Athens, as well as middle schoolers from Walnut Street Christian School and the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, enjoyed a variety of activities that included a look inside the state Department of Agriculture’s traveling WoodMobile exhibit. Students toured hiking trails and forestry lab areas, led by Dr. Dennis F. Ringling, forestry professor, and forest technology students Brandon J. Novakoski, of Nanticoke, and Nathan C. Pysher, of Bangor. The middle school group was also treated to a wildlife presentation by forestry instructor Jack E. Fisher at the ESC pavilion.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management

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