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Students gather around a large, old tree while Alabama Forestry Commission representative John Everitt teaches about trees, measuring their age and forest land use in general. The students from Hatton and Leighton elementary schools visited the J.C. Holt farm in Colbert County on Friday. [JIM HANNON/TIMESDAILY]

FORD CITY — Sixty students from Hatton and Leighton elementary schools enjoyed the "Environmental Walk," an outdoor learning experience at  J.C. Holt's farm near Ford City Friday.

Lauranne James, executive director of Northwest Alabama RC&D said she, Holt and Colbert County Superintendent of Education Gale Satchel worked on the event a couple of years.

Students receive lessons from Alabama Forestry personnel, the Colbert County Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Resources Conservation Service.

James also gave a lesson on the importance of recycling. Students learned about 4-H programs that are available through the Extension Service.

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