RUNNELS COUNTY - Over 156 fifth grade students and teachers spilled out of yellow buses from Ballinger, Miles, Winters and Olfen on Tuesday, Oct. 3 for Natural Resource Day held at the ranch of Rodney and Carolyn Flanagan a few miles north of Ballinger.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Over 156 fifth grade students and teachers spilled out of yellow buses from Ballinger, Miles, Winters and Olfen on Tuesday, Oct. 3 for Natural Resource Day held at the ranch of Rodney and Carolyn Flanagan a few miles north of Ballinger.

On such a beautiful day these eager fifth graders arrived to see the learning stations set up for the Natural Resource Day Outdoor Classroom. The Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sponsored the 26th Annual Natural Resource Day for fifth graders in Runnels County.

The annual field day featured presentations from 4-H Ambassadors; the Farm Bureau, Anthony Munoz; Natural Resources Conservation Service: Grant Teplicek, Amanda Bragg, Chris Wolfenbarger, Aaron Johnson and Kathy Saunders; Runnels County trapper: Wayne Johnson; Runnels SWCD director, Scott King and owners of the farm, Rodney and Carolyn Flanagan.

Excited students toured the eight educational stations covering animal safety, range plants, erosion, soils, wildlife,sheep shearing, reclamation, and landscaping. Conservation education was the primary focus of all participants during this annual event.

This event lets students participate in activities that some rarely if ever get to see.

"We are extremely pleased that the county schools continue to let the children participate in this event," Runnels SWCD Director Scott King said. "It is critical that these students understand and get a taste of what agriculture means to them, and truly know the importance of conserving our natural resources."

"Rodney and Carolyn Flanagan are very gracious to let these students descend upon them to enjoy the beautiful layout of their ranch and enjoy the experience offered to them to learn about preserving our natural resources," King concluded.

For more information about any upcoming activities you can contact the NRCS or Runnels SWCD at 325-365-3415 ext. 3, or visit them at 2000 Hutchings Ave. in Ballinger.