Monday, September 26, 2016

Woodlands as Classroom

The High School Ecology Class (Temperate and Tropical Ecologies) performed a tree survey at Crow’s Nest Preserve this afternoon.  The preserve is located minutes from Owen J. Roberts High School and is gateway to 73,000 acres of forest known as Hopewell Big Woods. There are 621 acres of meadows, woodlands and crop fields that make up the Crow’s Nest, one of the preserves of the Natural Lands Trust.

Mrs. Laura George plans to take her ecology class three times this school year to learn on the Crow’s Nest site.  The tree survey performed today can help conservationists understand the woodland community composition.  Students learned and used the point-centered quarter sampling method gathering data about species, tree diameter and distance from point. Students demonstrated knowledge and skills previously learned in class to identify and record tree species.

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