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Andie Balenger | Daily Press As part of the Camp Skeeter program at Lemmer Elementary, first graders had the chance to operate a fire station used to put out wildfires. Students gathered at DNR Pocket Park all day Thursday, engaging in fun camping activities ranging from writing letters to their parents and building regatta boats to racing.

ESCANABA — First-graders from Lemmer Elementary took a field trip to DNR Pocket Part on Thursday as part of their Camp Skeeter program. Camp Skeeter has been an annual event in Upper Peninsula school districts for several years, mimicking daytime camping activities, such as archery, picnics, and fishing. Once back in their classrooms, students opened their parents’ letters home before writing letters to send back.

Volunteer members of the Federation of Turkey, a non-profit organization, joined the park students to explain their work in the community and demonstrate the safe use of pellet guns.

The students met a surprise guest, Smokey the Bear, near the end of their trip to the park.

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