• Students at South Peak

    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

What better place to learn about the forest ecosystem than in a forest!

December 13, 2012 Posted by: N Hopewell, Barnard Academy

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.

tree identification, stewardship, forest succession, forest decomposition




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Did You Know?

Autumn leaves, lit by the sun, carpet an uphill stretch of a carriage road. NPS Photo.

45 miles of carriage roads, an early 20th century gift of John D. Rockefeller Jr., weave around the granite mountains and valleys of Acadia NP. 14 miles of carriage roads, built in the 1880s by Frederick Billings, traverse the gentle slopes and historic woodlands of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.