As a result of our involvement with ISLS '07 institute at Hiram College, we, as a learning community, have put together several activities with the skills and information that we've gathered to form the BBC - the Berkshire Biology Club. We will establish a club in our school to raise awareness about headwater streams and their health by taking regular field trips to different streams in the area. The hands-on learning of these trips outside the classroom setting will teach students in a variety of learning styles such as those focused on VARK methodology. These different techniques will provide students with opportunities to learn about nature directly and not simply memorize information from a textbook.
With field trips to places such as the Burton Wetlands, Mentor Marsh, Hiram's James H. Barrow Field Station, Lake Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Kent Bog, and the Geauga Park District, we as both students and 'teachers' want to expand the experience, knowledge, and capabilities of our fellow classmates and community members. At these different sites, students will classify Primary Headwater (PHWH) streams by the process of HHEI evaluations in order to study the stream and watershed qualities.
Spreading the Word
Plan of Attack
- Internet pages in the form of Wiki and ISLS Ohio to make it possible for others to be aware of the BBC's purpose
- Publications in the school's newspaper, "The Badger Pause"
- Brochures placed in various county park districts
- Presenting ideas to the school board to see what level they can be taken to in the curriculum
- Getting support from various clubs such as Ducks Unlimited, Rotary Club, or Sierra Club
- Having guest speakers come into the classroom to talk to different science classes
- Invite not only Berkshire students to participate, but community members as well
- Teach about the history of the land and how Ohio is a nation-wide leader in environmental knowledge
- Assess the technique of kinesthetic learning and incorporate it into the classroom
- Facilitate web pages so that they are accessible to the community as a whole
- Raise awareness of environmental issues, especially on Earth Day