Knox County fifth graders will converge on Lake Story for Outdoor Education Day

Staff Reports
Regional Office of Education
This file photo shows ROWVA fifth-grade students looking at a catfish being shown by the late Ken Russell. The 35th anniversary of Outdoor Education Day is Sept. 22 at Lake Storey in Galesburg.

GALESBURG — The annual fifth Grade Outdoor Education Day will be 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Lake Storey in Galesburg.

More than 50 volunteer presenters will greet over 500 fifth grade students from Knox County Schools and their teachers while they rotate through eight different stations on outdoor and environmental education topics throughout the day.

Some of the station topics include the following: Aquatics, renewable resources scavenger hunt, butterflies and bees, native American history, nature trivia, weather, as well as the student favorite annual fishing station led by Al Hayden.

The event is put on by the Regional Office of Education for Henderson, Knox, Mercer, and Warren County in partnership with Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Jodi Scott, Regional Superintendent of Schools, said this is the 35th year of the ROE hosting the event. Many of the volunteers have been a part of Outdoor Education Day since its inception in 1985, Scott said in a release. One such volunteer was the late Ken Russell who participated in the event as part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a state fish biologist.

Russell’s impact as an environmental enthusiast was far reaching as he volunteered his time to work with kids in multiple counties throughout the state to share his love and passion for the outdoors, Scott said. It is because of his lifelong work and dedication to the environment and educating students that Jodi Scott renamed this event in honor of him. The event is now called the Regional Office of Education #33 Ken Russell Outdoor Education Day.