• 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?

In this sepia-toned photo from 1927, nine men sit and kneel amongst the ruins of a Native American dwelling at Mesa Verde. NPS Photo.

As a teenager, Laurance S. Rockefeller toured Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Mesa Verde with Horace Albright. Later in life, Laurance would donate lands to create Virgin Islands NP and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. He was the first conservationist to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.