Even though river levels were still at a record high, our 7th and 8th graders stomped through floodplains to get to the river and get to work.
At the river students took phenology notes and collected river data, including river speed, temperature and water quality measurements. They then worked with Karen to collect “nature instruments” and performed a drum circle in the field.
Finally, they met with the National Park Service and Park Connection to tag and measure swamp white oak, catalpa, and maple trees that were planted last year. Our work tagging trees is a big piece of the Citizen Science Partnership we have with the National Park Service. We are only the second school to test their new technology for tracking trees. The technology is important and our testing was quite successful.