With the success of the June Institute all of the NPMs and faculty eagerly await the August Instititute the second of our 2013 institutes which begins tomorrow and will go until next Friday we have the same activities planned only there is expected to be more teachers this time. This institute is going to run fairly smoothly and we will hopefully end with 100% efficiency with being on board with the ISLS model by the end.
For the past two weeks we had our first of two summer teacher institutes. We met with 13 teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan area and successfully taught them ORAM, PHWH, and our new protocol ETA, which was well received. Overall the institute was successful and all the teachers are excited for our next meeting in September. We are currently waiting on their Action Research Plans.
This year we are working with teachers from the Cleveland Metropolitan area to supply the area with a brand new environmental curricula to be implemented in their schools. We have aligned the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the North East Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) standards, and the current science core curriculm with the protocols for the Primary Headwater Habitat Assessment (PHWH) and the Ohio Rapid Assessment Methods (ORAM). We hope to continue this for the other protocols used previously in the ISLS program. We are also working to develop a new protocol focusing on trees and their effects on the watershed which we will call Environmental Tree Awareness (ETA). As always we will continue to strive to build our model wetlands and gardens. We hope to have lesson plans up and ready for anyone to come on here and view by the end of this 10 week internship.
This week the NPMs worked on reconstructing the wetlands. We were lucky enough to watch enviroscience reshape two wetlands that were not very practical, due to the steep hill into three wetlands that flow into one another. A berm was developed to intiate the flow of water. Two jobs were especially important in the maintenance of the reconstructed wetland. One set of NPMs exterminated the invasive narrow-leaved cattails that were invading the wetland. The other group of NPMs picked seeds from specific wetland species, and scattered them across the recosntructed wetland area. After planting all of the seeds around the new wetland, we received bales of hay and grass seed mix. Once the grass seed was thoroughly distributed, hay was layed down. We look forward to visiting the reconstructed wetlands in the fall to see the progress. Figure 1: completed wetland Figure 2: completed wetland Photos courtesy of James Degroff