Pine River Students experience half-day of outdoor adventures LEROY \u2014 Instead of going to his third hour class, 10th-grader Jake Bronsema stood in the Pine River High School gym perfecting his fly-fishing cast. Having just been instructed on casting technique by Terry Tatarchuck, of Trout Unlimited, Bronsema flicked the line through the air, following Tatarchuck\u2019s guidance that \u201cslack is your enemy.\u201d Bronsema was participating in Pine River High School\u2019s annual Outdoor Day on Sept. 19, a half-day of instruction and hands-on activities designed to teach students about outdoor activities. \u201cI\u2019m more of an outdoors kind of person,\u201d Bronsema said. \u201cI\u2019d rather do stuff like this than sit in a classroom.\u201d Students signed up for three activities in which to participate and rotated every 23 minutes. The experience offered students the option of learning about archery, animal trapping, carving, turkey calls, painting, violin-making, spinning yarn from sheep wool, contra-dancing, pike spearing, ice fishing and broom-making. Pine River High School shop teacher Tim Jones brought the program to Pine River more than 10 years ago as a way to broaden students\u2019 horizons. \u201cYou hear so much talk about kids sitting inside being glued to the television, and I thought if they can experience these things, maybe we can get them outside a little more,\u201d Jones said. With the Osceola County area packed with talented local outdoorsmen, Jones said finding individuals to present was not a challenging endeavor. \u201cWe have so much talent locally and this is a way to show that off to kids,\u201d he said. Many presenters are county residents, but others, like Howard Taylor, came from across Michigan. Taylor recently opened a broom shop in Wellington Farm near Grayling and came to Outdoor Day to show students his work. \u201cA lot of people buy handmade brooms for decoration and other people buy them because they are durable,\u201d Taylor said. Jim Maturen, Osceola County turkey hunter, showed students various turkey calls and handed out turkey calls made out of a red straw. \u201cIt\u2019s just something that kids don\u2019t normally get exposed to,\u201d said Kim Miller, principal of Pine River High School. \u201cEvery year, they have so much fun (during Outdoor Day).\u201d Jones said he would like to expand Outdoor Day to include a full day of instruction and invite community members to join the students. \u201cI get a lot of the parents asking if they can come too,\u201d Jones said. \u201cIdeally, it would be nice if we had 30 presenters here and we had a whole day.\u201d Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the Outdoor Day.