From the classroom to the great outdoors; some area middle school students got to ditch the pencils and text books Thursday.
Marietta Middle School's sixth grade class spent the day at Camp Hervida, learning all about nature.
Students attended classes in archery, stream studies and identification of trees, bugs and even snakes.
"It's a lot of hands on activities, and I think that sticks to people better than most things you would do in a classroom," Elijah Ditchendorf, a student, said.
"I'm probably having the most fun I've had in a long time, because it's really fun to learn all this stuff," Sadie Cavitt, a student, said.
More than 200 students are getting the opportunity to attend this year's camp, which will continue Friday.