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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The warm weather made for a great day to dig in the dirt at one Springfield school.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The warm weather made for a great day to dig in the dirt at one Springfield school.

On Wednesday, students at Hickory Hills planted native prairie plants in the school's outdoor classroom. These plants were actually grown in the school's greenhouse.

Hickory Hills was one of the first "green" schools in Springfield and students are learning a lesson as they plant.

"There's only about 1 percent of Missouri that's still prairie and it used to be like a third of the state," says Cole Eise, an eight grader at Hickory Hills. "We're learning how these plants are used for medicine and how they affect the environment."

Several groups like the Audubon Society, Master Gardeners, Missouri Master Naturalists and the Missouri Prairie Foundation teamed up to help make the Hickory Hills outdoor classroom a reality.
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