Every year, Shaker Junior High School science teacher, John Slyer, accompanies his students on a field trip to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. The center is a living museum of 450 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands, offering guided and self-guided programs that promote knowledge and appreciation of New York State’s environment.
Following this year’s trip, students developed projects that were the product of the hands-on field study of the ponds and stream at Five Rivers. The project included a scientific description of an organism, the ecosystem, a population survey, and analysis with student derived data. Students also included a portion of their project describing the past use of the local habitat and future possibilities and impacts humans may have on the environment.
Two of Slyer’s students, Alexah Bedard and Elizabeth Bazinet, were asked to present their ecology projects to the Friends of Five Rivers members and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation officials. Bedard and Bazinet said the projects were productive and fun, and thanked the Friends of Five Rivers for the opportunity.