This classroom project has been designed in order to enhance the environmental science curriculum offered at Morristown High School. This project has students participating in field science lessons utilizing appropriate field instrumentation equipment during the 2014-2015 school years. These field science lessons are geared around the maintenance of the Ecology Center / outdoor classroom space at Alexander Hamilton School and Morristown High School that is currently being utilized by staff and students to increase knowledge and skill related to sustainable environmental practices.
Goals for the project:
The goal of our classroom project is to have students and faculty gain sustainable environmental practice skills and participate in multiple on-site field science lessons at the Ecology Center / outdoor classroom space at Alexander Hamilton School:
o Ornithology Field Science Lesson: building, repairing, & hanging on-site bird houses & bat houses for for long term student observation
o Botany Field Science Lesson: planting, growing, weeding and harvesting vegetables in the existing raised bed garden plots for student observation
o Entomology Field Science Lesson: building, repairing, & hanging on-site insect collection containers for long term student observation
o Herpetology Field Science Lesson: building, repairing, & laying out on-site cover boards for long term student observation
This classroom project will give students a chance to formulate a connection between classroom and field science, generate and gather scientific data, and foster a passion for the outdoors by participating in all of the activities. Students will also learn how to connect with nature and understand local and global ecological issues and concepts related to related to sustainable environmental practices.
This classroom project will allow students to realize that when we partake in Field Science Lessons with peers, teachers, and professionals we get the opportunity to see that science is a collaborative effort requiring various types of expertise and understanding of multiple disciplines. Furthermore, this fellowship project has the potential to lead students into careers that incorporate the skills of permaculture, landscape architecture, organic gardening, farming, environmental science, and education. The project may also stir an interest in high school students to commit to the long term maintenance of the Ecology Center / outdoor classroom space through the annual community clean-ups.