Ettrick Elementary School Kindergarten teacher, Brittany Haas, recently took her students to Pocahontas State Park. She never dreamed that a routine field trip would evolve into an opportunity to be filmed by Science Matters in order to promote “Exploring the Outdoors!”
Haas brought her class to Pocahontas Nature Center because she wanted her students to “see living organisms and be surrounded by trees on the trails.” Students were able to experience science opportunities first hand as they collected samples from the lake to examine macro invertebrates, animals such as tadpoles, snails, and larva. By allowing the students to handle wildlife artifacts and touch turtles, lizards, and snakes, they developed an understanding of nature that will remain with them throughout their lives and impact their love of nature.
A very simple field trip has been forever transformed into wonderful footage and credit on a video which was produced by Science Matters, an educational program of the Community Idea Stations. Thanks to technology, the field trip activities have been chronicled for the world to view. Haas has surpassed her goal of having her students “see” living organisms by affording them an opportunity that cannot be duplicated in a school setting. Hass credits the Community Idea Station for highlighting the importance of being good stewards of our natural world.