Students get outdoor education at Papa's Pumpkin Patch

BISMARCK, N.D. - Papa's Pumpkin Patch invited students to celebrate Discovery Days this week.

Forty students had a unique, non-traditional learning environment for the day. They got to learn about gardening and the outdoors.

Elementary students from Roosevelt, Little Eagle, Little Heart, and St. Anthony enjoyed the day learning how to grind corn.

"We grind up this corn, and it turns into mushed up corn," said student Jaxon Claymore.

Papa's Pumpkin Patch had ten different stations giving students a hands-on learning experience.

At this station students are learning the importance of worms and how they revitalize the soil.

"It's just a great learning adventure. Anything hands-on, children just get a better understanding of how and why things happen," said Marlee Meschke, Roosevelt teacher.

Students got to get their hands dirty learning from retired teachers about different soils.

They also learned how to plant their own pumpkin plant, which the students got to take home with them.

"If they take something back to the classroom, the classroom comes alive for them, that's the fun thing. You can talk about it, you can see pictures in a book," said owner Dave Pearce.

"Anytime you can take them out of the four walls of the classroom and bring them to the real world situations, it levels everybody. They all get the same experience," said Meschke.

The students also had some fun running around a maze and going on a scavenger hunt.

More than 700 students from around the area will cycle through Papa's Pumpkin Patch to celebrate the rest of Discovery Days.