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Woodland Investigation

Woodland Soil Study

Description:  Utilizing both technology interface and observation skills, students collect and analyze data to draw conclusions about the quality and type of woodland soil at their site.  Soil investigations include analysis of soil texture, moisture, temperature, infiltration rates, color, pH and identification of decomposers.  Students use Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, soil temperature, pH and moisture sensors, soil core samples, and soil texture, plant tolerance and color charts.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day. 

Site Requirements:  Access to forest or natural wooded area

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Woodland Ecosystem Investigation and Comparison

Description:  Students investigate the concept of biodiversity by conducting scientific ecosystem investigations in two different environments.  Data collection and measurements for each ecosystem include:  date, time of day, weather conditions, wind speed, air temperature, soil temperature, water temperature, infiltration rates, soil sample, soil moisture, plant transect, and animal observations.  Different methods of data collection – scientific handhelds and sensors, personal observations, and experimentation – are used throughout.  Collected data is analyzed and conclusions drawn about overall biodiversity of the ecosystem.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.

Site Requirements:  Access to forest or natural wooded area

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Tree Monitoring

Description:  Students map and mark tree locations, collect scientific data and monitor changes in local woodland trees.  With tree monitoring tools used by researchers, students measure a tree’s height and diameter, map its location, and use personal observation skills to note changes in the surrounding environment – shade to sunlight ratio, height and location of understory vegetation, evidence of animals, etc.  Information is collected annually or biannually and compiled.  Changes to trees are monitored and conclusions drawn about overall ecosystem health.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day. 

Program Availability:  August 13 - November 21, 2012 and March 18 – June 7, 2013.

Site Requirements:  Access to natural wooded area or landscaping trees on school property

Cost:  None.  All equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)

 

Bird Observations

Description:  Using guided scientific inquiry, students explore and evaluate local bird habitat focusing on a bird’s requirements for food, water, shelter and space.  Students collect general weather data using Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, locate and identify local birds using binoculars, make personal observations about the local environment and analyze their surroundings against a given habitat criteria.  Findings are used to evaluate the local area and determine whether the habitat is suitable to support biologically diverse bird populations.  Students discuss their findings and suggest best management practices to further enhance suitability of their site.

Length of Program:  This program is available in a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day format
For each available format, the program is conducted within the following time considerations:
1-day format:  Day One:  2.5 - 3 hour period.
2-day format:  Day One:  Traditional class period.  Day Two:  Double class period.
3-day format:  Day One, Two, Three:  Traditional class periods each day. 

Site Requirements:  Access to woodland/prairie ecosystem, bird feeders, or other bird viewing space

Cost:  None.  All scientific equipment, teaching materials, and technology are provide free of charge.

Full program description, learning objectives, 2010 Indiana Academic Standards for Science and Math and Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (Pre K - 12)