A center for enthusiastic, hands on, conservation education.
NorthWest Trek Wildlife Park• 740(ish) acres• Walking and tram tours• Carnivores in enclosures• Herbivores are free-roamingThe Hundred Acre Woods• Also referred to as the CC (Conservation Center)• 108 acres used for conservation field trips• Community restoration projects• Natural resources include: • Pond with breeding toads • Large wetland and stream • Steep ledge overlooking landscape
Essential Academic Learning Requirements The program should be hands on at all levels, engaging each student’s head, hands, and heart in what they are doing. The program should be progressive, ensuring programs for higher grades build off previous learning and offer new challenges for each age group. At certain grade levels, student groups may benefit from ongoing projects, completed over many years. Students should leave feeling a sense of responsibility for the land, enthusiasm, and a feeling of connection to nature. The program should foster an understanding of “interconnectedness and interdependency of ecological, social, and economic systems” at an appropriate level. (IESLS, Standard 1, page 4) The program should encourage Systems Thinking: an approach to problem solving that facilitates the analysis and understanding of complex phenomena (IESLS, Standard 2, page 5) Students should be able to apply their knowledge to make personal and collective decisions that promote sustainability. (IESLS, Standard 3, page 5) Students should use their skills of communication, collaboration, and imagination, as well as a mindset of flexibility, commitment, appreciation, confidence, humor, and determination. (IESLS, Standard 3, pg. 5)
LS3C(k-1) “External features of animals and plants are used to classify them into groups.” PS2A(2-3) “Objects have properties including size, weight, hardness, color, shape, texture, and magnetism. Unknown substances can sometimes be identified by their properties.” LS3A (2-3) “There are variations among the same kinds of plants and animals.” LS3C (2-3) “Sometimes differences in characteristics give individual plants or animals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.”
Purpose The purpose of this lesson is to engage students in the hands on work of monitoring leaf litter in the forest. They will primarily use skills of classification, measurement, while also having the chance to challenge themselves by analyzing the data and making assumptions about the health of the environment. Students will learn more about plant diseases in the process. Schedule Students collect leaf litter samples Students sort, weigh, and record data. Analyze Data EALRS 16 Science EALRS for grades 9-12