What better place to learn about the forest ecosystem than in a forest!
December 13, 2012
On two separate visits to Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Barnard Academy fourth graders learned about tree identification, stewardship, decomposition, and forest succession. With the leadership of a national park ranger and staff, students were guided through several hands-on investigations that challenged their thinking and called on them to use keen observation skills. Students' classroom learning became alive and relevant and their knowledge and understanding deepened with the place-based educational experiences. Hopefully, with their new appreciation and awareness of the interdependence of all living things, the students will join those who came before them in becoming stewards of the land.
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Did You Know?
In the early 1860s Vermonter Frederick Billings, then living in California, purchased and sent photographs of Yosemite Valley to influential eastern friends to make the case for its preservation. You can see these photographs, and paintings of Yosemite, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.