CAYUGA, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — On Friday afternoon, some local students took their learning to the outdoors instead of the classroom.

Over 400 eighth graders from Parke and Vermillion counties explored the wetlands at Duke Energy’s Cayuga generating station. They learned about the wetlands and the power plant’s operations.

Across the property, there were 12 different stations set up where students could learn from professionals in various fields.

Purdue Extension was a partner in this event. The office’s 4-H Youth Development Educator, Christie Jacob said this event is important.

“It gets kids out of the classroom and gives them a more of a hands-on experience and the ability to talk with and learn from professionals in the different fields,” Jacob said.

Becky Holbert also a 4-H Youth Development Educator with Purdue Extension said this is one of her favorite events.

“Seeing the lightbulbs go on for the students and that there are a lot of options for careers and perhaps this gives them an idea of what they might want to do after school,” Holbert said.

This is the 23rd year Duke Energy has hosted this event.