Students from the Flathead and beyond learned about wildlife and forest resource management on Thursday. Fifth graders visited the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest outside Columbia Falls.

They stopped at nine different stations set up along trails, with instructors teaching kids about native plants, no-trace camping and wildlife. They also got a chance to visit a sawmill.

?We?re trying to teach them balance and natural resource management,? said Rick Moore of DNRC. ?Avoid the extremes and realize that forests do need to be managed so people can have things like paper and wood.?

The name of the event is the Family Forest Expo. It runs until Friday for students, and on Saturday families are invited to show up for their own walk through the forest.