West Felician students continue tree restoration tour, nature study St. Francisville

West Felician High School teacher Ali McMillian said two years ago, thanks to a grant from the National Geographic Society, a group of high school students embarked on a journey to learn about the natural world around them and make it a better place.

In January, those students who are now in high school teamed up with a group of elementary school students to complete a tree planting project that was delayed due to a pandemic.

With the support of Friends of Cat Island volunteers, the students were able to move a few green ash and cypress trees to their new home at the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge.

In February, a third-year group of West Fel Explorers withstood the cold temperatures and studied outdoors. Students took science and poetry lessons in the Bluebonnet swamp.

Then, Friends of Cat Island volunteers visited West Felician High School to plant more trees. High school students at the West Fellows Research Club worked together with a new group of elementary school students to plant more than 50 trees.

With support from a grant from the National Geographic Society and the LSU Coastal Roots Program, high school students have also planted more than 1,000 plants. These trees will eventually be relocated to the National Wildlife Refuge on Cat Island.

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