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Fall Field Trips Continue

posted Nov 6, 2011, 4:33 PM by CESC Management   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 7:07 PM ]

The Cascadia Environmental Science Center continues its popular stream observation field program with trips back to North Creek in Bothell. The program has been extended with inclusion of even more students from the Woodinville Montessori School. Adding to this year's learning opportunities was a visit to the North Creek wetland restoration site on the UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College campus.

More than 60 students from 1st through 6th grades participated over three days. Professor Warren Gold of UW Bothell began the program with a video presentation of the wetland restoration to all students at the Woodinville Montessori School facility on October 26th. This was followed by two trips to the wetland, November 2nd and 4th, by upper level students. Here, under the guidance of CESC members Dr. David Bain, Debby Nicely, Clyde Merriwether, and volunteer Carolyn Freese they actively participated in a series of environmental observations. After walking the stream they rotated through four stations where our members demonstrated stream chemistry, physical parameters, flow characteristics as well as discussions related to the salmon life cycle and other benthic lifeforms.  All activities were designed around student participation. This is consistent with the CESC mission to encourage learning through experiential observations.

Younger students, grades 1 through 3, were treated to their own stream visit closer to the WMS facilities. Beginning first with two days of classroom discussion the students were then escorted to the stream where they too, rotated through four science stations geared to their grade level. While this tributary does not have salmon, it is home to other wildlife from mallard ducks to stickleback fish. The large number of students has required scheduling two field trips, the second of which will take place this coming Tuesday.

The CESC field trip program continues to grow.  From its simple start last year it has evolved into a much broader program now involving the UW Bothell campus.  Supporter Dr. Warren Gold has been most helpful in contributing his knowledge of the restored wetland and has made it possible for CESC to incorporate this resource into its curriculum.  He will continue to provide support and will assist CESC in recruiting university students as volunteers. 

For more information on the UW Bothell wetland restoration project check out these websites:

If you would like to participate in future CESC activities either as a member or volunteer check out our Facebook page.  You can contact us directly from there.

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