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Now in its 6th Year, WOLF School Making an Impact

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- just a week into this school year, an entirely new troop of WOLF explorers is already prepared for the great outdoors.
We still teach everything but with a nature angle
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility, better known as WOLF school, is now in it's 6th year.
It is a Springfield public Choice school, with  46 5th graders.

But just a week into this school year, an entirely new troop of explorers is already prepared for the great outdoors.  
"They love it before they get here," says Sue Dyle, a teacher at the WOLF school.

Within one week, Cael, Lauren, Jensyn and their classmates already have one field trip mastered.

They are learning...."Canoeing and water testing," says Lauren Hamm, 5th grader.
"I think it's really cool," adds 5th grader  Jensyn Langguth.
Cael Schmitz is all in.  "I love nature."

The field trip is mastered, at least until decoy ducks get involved.
Reporter: "Did you hit a duck?" "Yes," Cael admits.

But from first impression, its clearer than this pond water - WOLF school passes the test.
They're learning outdoor skills.  "Canoe so they can get into those hard to reach places," Dyle explains.

These 5th graders chose to leave their previous schools after applying and then selected at random to attend the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility.
"The philosophy was that if you gave kids something they are more passionate about and gave them more of it, then it would be rewarding," Dyle explains.

In addition to basic subjects.. "We still teach everything but with a nature angle," says Dyle.
WOLF school teams up with many outdoor programs  including Mike Brooks and the Missouri Department of Conservation, for the purpose of conversion.
"Turn knowledge into skill. Put them in a canoe and teach them how to shoot a .22," Brooks says.

Canoe skills are just the beginning. Throughout the year, these 46 students will explore caves, bow fish, and learn the safety of firearms.
"It's important to teach them the proper protocol at a young age," stresses Brooks.

"They are already excited about it and passionate about it before they get here," Dyle says.  "That's what makes it so powerful."

When they are in a classroom they are in a facility owned by one of their corporate sponsors... Bass Pro Shops. And their Partnership with the Conservation Department is through a program called  Discover Nature Schools CIRICULUM.  And for a lot of those students, it was their first time in a canoe.

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