Where there's smoke, there's learning! Freeport High School environmental science teacher Bruce Bates and his classes partnered with the Florida Forest Service to conduct a controlled burn on campus. Bates' classes will use this burn as an opportunity to study succession as new plants begin to grow in the area. This hand-on-learning also showed students the importance of proper forest management as well as the dangers of human-related uncontrolled burns. Students will continue to utilize the site to study relevant environmental science standards. Staff and Forestry Service crew worked extensively prior to and during the burn to ensure safety. Thank you to the Forestry Service for their work managing the numerous acres around Walton County and for their support with this learning and their positive interactions with our students.