Day 3

Who doesn't love to play in an creek? Today's exploration involved looking at critters we might not always notice that linger in our waterways....Macro invertebrates! The necessity of these organisms in order to maintain a balance in these waterway ecosystems are a MUST! We also used teamwork in calculating the flow of our stream!

Fly Fishing may be one of my top 10 new curiosities I want to adventure into! It was such an art form to tie flies! I am going to be taking some time to explore more into Fishing in the Schools National Program for sure!

Caddis Fly, Stone Fly, & Mayfly were on the menu to make today!

Instruction in firearm safety and NASP started today as well. Amazing and professional instructors! Archery really gave me a chance to realize that this skill builds such critical components that help with success in so much of life......focus, controlled breathing, confidence in oneself, and celebrating in success!

Firearm Safety: FIRST

Firearms, Instruction, Responsibility, Safety, Training

Wonders......Today just reinforced the need to get my students OUTSIDE! Our river exploration with the Ohio River Foundation needs to be an opportunity that ALL our students have in order to give them a chance to actually explore, test, build curiosity and wonder about their local waterways! These experiences will continue to nurture our students to be continual critical thinkers and light that ignition for a love of exploring!

Favorite Takeaway of the Day!

One of the instructors is a retired science teacher......he shared with us that he allowed his students to find answers, he never would give them the answers. He would teach them strategies on how to find answers but will never tell them! This really resonated with me....our profession lends itself to get lost in the worlwind of data, tests, deadlines, etc. We really need to be examining the opportunities we are giving our students to grow and develop into learners that are building critical skills to question, reason, and support their claims and ideas!

Case Study:

  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout: A native and vital part to the food web to Yellowstone. Many species depend on them as a source of energy which include, bears, river otters, and various birds.
  • Concern is growing in the population due to non-native species competing for food sources and habitat
  • To help with the population of the Yellowstone cutthroat trout was included in the Yellowstone's Native Fish Conservation Plan that was established in 2010

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends to do otherwise"

-Aldo Leopold