Monday, June 25, 2012
Teams Rain and Bog, stayed tuned for your audio postcards and letters to yourself!
IslandWood misses you!
Postcards from Team Marsh:
Postcards from Team Pond
Postcards from Team Wave
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wind worked with Stan, our resident scientist, to get some experience with dendrochronology (the science of understanding the history of a place, such as climate and fire history, by comparing the growth rings in trees). In the above photo they are shown taking a core sample of a tree.
Later that day they dissected an owl pellet in our lab classroom to determine what owls eat and tried to reconstruct a skeleton using the tiny bones they found inside.
Team Wind is shown here transplanting some squash and tomato starts into bigger containers with more room to grow. When the weather is a bit warmer, and the plants stronger, they'll be moved into the garden beds.
Later this day, they will continue to study soil and compost by looking at the food chain that exists within soil under a microscope and "dissecting" soil to determine each ingredient that makes up this amazing stuff.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This team also got to hang out at Blakely Harbor during one of the very lowest tides of the year. It's only during these very low tides that we get to see some of the amazing animals that live in the intertidal zone. They saw sea stars (seen in photo), limpets, sculpins, anemones, and much more.
Of course, there are always the unplanned teaching moments that often bring out the most excitement. here you see a student looking through the spotting scope at a juvenile eagle in its nest. What a fun surprise to have encountered!
Finally, this group tested the dissolved oxygen levels of Mac's Pond. They tested for other things as well such as pH and temperature, in order to determine if the Pond was healthy enough to support aquatic life. Ultimately, based on a comparison between the data they recorded and the tables in their journals, they decided the water was quite healthy.
A few of the field groups have recorded audio postcards for their family, friends, and teachers since Monday. Most of the postcards are in English and a few are in Spanish.
We have strung along Monday audio postcards from teams Marsh and Wave. Soon we will post more audio postcards from Tuesday and today.
Stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy these voices from the field!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tuesday Marsh, a set on Flickr.
Our first FULL day has been exciting! Team Marsh dissected pellets, tracked a family of owls using telemetry, studied the age and variations of the environment of a tree by coring the tree, and so much more! Check out our photos.
Monday Marsh, a set on Flickr.
The week is busy with lots of fun and learning. Team Marsh wants to share some photo highlights from yesterday. Here in these photos, you can see us doing a Teams Course, checking out a dead mole that's decomposing, and journaling.
Team Marsh, like the rest of the teams at IslandWood this week, is made up of students from different schools. Already, we're succeeding at building community.
Their day included borrowing some gear to make their field days more comfortable and then, the fun and challenging Teams Course. The Teams Course experience invites students to contemplate and practice the skills that are required to work together with a group of people in order to meet a common goal. In the case shown below, the students have to get their whole group, 8 kids, from tree to tree on a wire without anyone falling off.
In the end, the groups talk about what they did well and what they could improve upon for the next challenge.
Finally, last night, after a big pasta dinner and some amazing chocolate chip brownies the kids went to the Great Hall for an evening program. We had a couple of guests from the Woodland Park Zoo leading an engaging program about observation skills, field marks, camouflage and more!
Check back later for an update about how the day is going. Reports just in that one group has already seen our resident Barred Owl, Gus while another cooked some food from the garden with our chef, Chris. More later!!