Audubon Watershed Experience Collaboration with Biology
Since 2007, ACCE's Biology program has partnered with the Audubon Watershed Experience regarding empowering students to learn about the impact they can have on their watershed. The commitment involves a five day collaboration. Day one is a one-on-one meeting between AWE and the ACCE staff. Day two is a watershed 101 pre-field trip lesson. This lesson introduces the students to their watershed and has them research target native bird and fish that they would see on the field trip. The students also learn how to use the binoculars for birding. On Day three, the students go to North Point State Park where they get to participate in four stations. These stations are fishing using seine nets, fishing using poles, water quality tests,and a nature walk. In addition, teachers from all disciplines attend. Day four consists of a follow up lesson that ties in all they observed from the field trip and the impact of pollution on the Bay. Finally, day five is known as the "Pass-It-On" day when they get to be stewards of the environment and give back to the community by picking up trash, storm drain stencilling, and planting trees. Every student who takes Biology participates in this experience. This experience has helped the students draw connections between what they have learned in the classroom and what affects the natural world. As a result of this collaboration, ACCE's H.S.A. scores have grown. In addition, each student carries away memories of connecting with the environment. This year's AWE trips are planned for April 16th and 18th, 2013.