- Pre-Institute training
- Educational institute for high school students and teachers
- Post-Institute de-briefing and reflection meet up
- Rebuild wetlands
- Restore Gardens
- Year-long curriculum with partnership high school
- Mentoring during a semester in a college course in 2012
- gathering of supplies
- collaboration with other stewardship liaisons on hands-on activities to display
- community building activities with liaisons
- talking with various experts and community partners such as
- Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Professionals from Hiram College, Kent State University and Akron University
- Invasive Species
- ORAM/soil (Ohio Rapid Assessment Method)
- PHWH (Primary Headwater Habitat)
- Remote Sensing
- Stream Morphology
- VLRAP (Vacant Land Rapid Assessment Protocol)
- Community Building
- Soil identification
- Tree identification
- Wildlife Introduction
- QHEI (Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index)
- Stream Snapshot
o Fish Electroshocking
o Water Chemistry
Students were not just taught these topics, but were asked to do various hands-on work in order for them to retain information. Another goal was for the students and high school teachers to create a curriculum to bring back to their local schools that would help them to get a credit from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District off of new taxes.
My role in the institute was very important. I served as a peer mentor for the students was to use my passion of the environment to get them excited about the activities they were learning, be there for questions they had and to keep them on task.
The next phase of the internship included restoring wetlands and working on gardens. Rebuilding and restoring these items will provide the communities with an educational tool of what might be done in their environments. It was amazing to be apart of this phase because I got to work outside and with the environment.
The last parts of the internship deal with teaching others about the opportunities that we were given. During the school year, I will be there for assistance for my high school students and teacher that I worked with over the institute to create a curriculum for their school. At my own college, I will aid my professor in teaching an ecology course to better involve college students with the material being taught.
Skills I learned during this internship included:Skills:
- Time Management
- Public Speaking
During the institution, I realized that my passion for science and the environment is the career route I would love to go on. I am so excited to be a part of this field.