Place Category: 2018
I have been so proud to watch this group of students contribute to the community, build problem-solving skills and identify career paths. They became water chemistry certified through AWW, got their Wilderness First Aid certifications, took part in citizen science initiatives such as Hudson Alpha’s Bicentennial Barcoding project, learned map reading, competed in the State Evirothon competition, rappelled down an 85 foot cliff face, kayaked out to the champion cypress, followed a botanist through a carnivorous plant bog and consulted with experts on topics of personal interest.
Students responded to the program:
“My favorite part of the program was when our group got to kayak and rappel. Once you begin to get out of your comfort zone and participate in activities you’ve never thought about before, you get to experience life in a different light. I’m thankful for all of the learning experiences and knowledge I have gained through this program and I wish others could have gone through the same experiences as well.”
“This program sets me up for my future career path in biology.”
“The naturalist program has given me life skills such as working with others, thinking critically to solve problems, and other team-building skills.”
I have documented the students’ experiences in our classroom blog at http://alabamanaturalist.blogspot.com and we have a video that features our activities at https://youtu.be/F0vgEo_1eKQ
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