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Environmental science classes took their annual trip to the Atlanta Zoo to go beyond the textbooks in class on Wednesday, March 13.

After the 8:15 bell, the cafeteria was filled with excited students lining up to get on the buses to head down to Atlanta Zoo. AP Environmental Science teacher, William Dickerson, has been doing this trip since 2006.

“They deal with ecology and the impact of humans on environments. The zoo shows us exactly what our impacts are, especially with critically endangered species around the world and habitat destruction and man’s impact on those species. And to see the beauty of those animals,” Dickerson said.

For Annabelle Trutt, junior, this is her first time on the trip. Her favorite part of the Atlanta Zoo was being able to see the animals and have a better understanding of the importance of zoos.

“These trips show the importance of keeping the animals alive so we can learn from them. Every generation should have the opportunity to see these animals because it teaches them that animals are worth something and that they need to be taken care of,” Trutt said.

The students on the trip got the chance to see a multitude of animals ranging from elephants to turtles swimming in tanks. Devin Elliot, junior saw the trip as a fun way to hang out with his friends and also a great learning experience.

“It [the trip] taught us about animals in their natural habitats and how close they are to extinction and why. As well as how to slow or stop the process of extinction in the animal kingdom,” Elliot said.

Overall, the trip was once again a success and Dickerson will be planning on doing it again next year.

“[My favorite part is] Seeing the excitement in the students’ faces and understanding why it’s important we’re doing what we’re doing,” Dickerson said.

 

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