About 50 summer school students had the opportunity to learn about the Oregon Trail, check out some native animal furs and even test the waters Wednesday.
Dave Essink, principal at Hastings Middle School, took his summer school students to a property he owns near the historical unincorporated community of Spring Ranch in Clay County for a little outdoor education.
"We thought this would be a good opportunity to get outside and learn about nature," he said. "The students are also reading a book and some of the things we're doing tie into the literature they read."
The students were able to touch and see some native furs, pulls samples of water from the Pawnee Creek and see dozens of different animal tracks.