One thing we’ve learned in our years of supporting teachers and education in our facility communities is that hands-on learning is the key to making concepts stick with students – while of course having fun! Earth Day is a great reminder to get out in nature, learn and take action to preserve our environment.
That’s exactly what students at Taylor County High School did by taking a recent field trip to the Fenholloway River near Perry, Florida. There, Georgia-Pacific’s Chet Thompson of our nearby Foley Cellulose mill showed students a real-life environmental project in progress to restore a stream formerly designated by the state as “industrial” to fishable-swimmable standards, create conditions for seagrasses to return to the area and restore a significant freshwater wetland.
It was an opportunity for PJ Piland, AP environmental science and biology teacher, to let her environmental studies class participate in fieldwork to observe a river system, measure dissolved oxygen and pH, and more broadly, understand the effects of human impact on a river system.
GP worked with Ms. Piland to design an experience based on classroom curriculum. Check out this video showing how the students become environmental scientists for the day.