Outdoor Ecology School

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On a bright spring day last year, high school environmental science students led third graders on a dynamic learning adventure as part of an annual Outdoor Ecology School. At a water-monitoring site in a nearby national forest, the elementary students rotated through a series of inquiry-based activities that involved conducting field research and scavenger hunts, discovering animal habitats, studying population growth, and exploring predator-prey relationships. Community members and parents who dropped by were treated to an enthusiastic flurry of activities and learning.

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A selection from The Science Teacher—May 2004

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  • on Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:05 AM

This teacher set up an outdoor field day for high schoolers to work with elementary students with a twist - stations that taught ecology and relationships while still being fun. While some stations taught more "traditional" science like macro-invertebrate identification or looking for populations in quadrants, others played games that showed predator prey relationships or other concepts and helped to use of energy that elementary students come to school with. In addition, the community was invited to join as well. So many positive connections in a single day!

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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