Learning Landscapes: Dispatch from the Field
In February, you helped the Feather River Land Trust conserve a Learning Landscape for Loyalton Elementary and High schools. (Read the story here). Thank you for helping to make it possible!
The new outdoor classroom - dubbed Smithneck Meadow Learning Landscape - is creating a space for Loyalton's school children to connect learning and sense of place in whole new ways. Check out this wonderful dispatch we received recently from Loyalton High School science teacher, Mark Fisher.
Watch a fun little video of his students' work below, then scroll down to read his note.
Here's Mr. Fisher's note:
Good morning Rob -
I wanted to share the project we have been working on at Smithneck Meadow this fall It was a collaborative project between my Earth Science class, which has been working on mapping and my Biology class, who has been working on biomes.
The ES class made three visits to the meadow to identify landmarks and learn the layout of the property. They later returned to pace off distances and find angles. The resulting map was completed as a collaborative effort by the 5 students. They were not allowed to use Google maps to confirm the shapes or sizes. The results were quite nice given their low tech approach.
The Bio class had learned about several different biomes, and the final project was to determine the flora and fauna of the steppe. They got a nice intro to the use of the field guides, binoculars and loupes. Each student identified several different things in the field , then focus on one for the artistic display.
Mark Fisher, Loyalton High School