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Once Upon a Watershed

By: miramontewnedy

The students really loved getting outside to experience nature first hand.  They were exposed to nature in a way that actively engaged their five senses.  They learned through experience more than through lecture, such as working in small groups with an adult and turning over a rock or a log and examining and discussing all that is under it, such as the decomposers. Instructors and volunteers led games to help teach students about the oak woodlands they were in.  Students learned the importance of the relationships of oak woodlands to the other plants and animals sharing its ecosystem.  They planted acorns.  Students learned about watersheds and how a river works, including eroding soil and changing its course as it flows.  They hiked a short distance to a reclaimed wetland that modern development had previously eradicated, and they observed animals and plants flourishing in it.  The students learned how to better enjoy nature and how to become better stewards of the natural environment through their experiences with this excellent program.  It was very helpful to have a nonprofit organizaton organize and provide the instructors and volunteers.  The classroom techers were there to help with behavior management and to learn along with the students.  Students stated that was a fun and meaningful way to learn new material.  They wished more of their school day was spent learning outside.

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