Hook Elementary fourth graders were all smiles Friday morning when they experienced an exciting adventure along the Bosque River Trail at the Stephenville Historical House Museum.

The event was coordinated by the Bosque River Corridor Committee, Stephenville ISD, Tarleton State University and the city of Stephenville along with donations from several organizations and businesses.

“This is very beneficial for the kids, really it’s beneficial for everybody,” Jill Burk, TSU representative of the education committee, said. “The purpose for this was to introduce the fourth graders to the trail and tell them about the history of the area, show them the plants and everything in this area because it’s such a great place to be.”

The students went to 10 different stations, which included history, wildlife, music, photography, art, fitness, soils, predator/prey, prairie and a plant walk.

Each station was taught by Tarleton professors and students.

“It’s beneficial for Tarleton students because they’re getting that real hands-on experience; some of them want to become teachers,” Burk said. “This all fits the curriculum for fourth graders and it’s a good age to make a lasting impression, so that’s what we’re hoping for.”

The kids and adults sported Bosque River T-shirts that were designed by fourth graders Jayci Smith and Devin Arms.

“We hope this will be an annual event and we’re going to add to it each year,” Burk said. “It’s very cross-disciplinary, it’s not just a one slice thing it’s really a whole spectrum of learning for the students.”