Field Studies Program at Thaddeus Stevens School

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EIGHTH GRADERS CREATE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM -- Entering its fifth year, the Field Studies Program at the Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon Center teaches students to integrate scientific knowledge and ecological observation with economic practicalities. This year, new teacher at TSS Alexander Javier, a recent UC Berkeley grad with a focus on Forest Ecology and Riparian Restoration, assists in the field and in the classroom. "Outdoor science teaches kids to engage all their senses in scientific discovery. It teaches them that scientists get dirty, and it shows them that our farmers, foresters, and land managers use applied science to understand our world and sustain human ecology," says Javier. Grades five through eight conduct field studies work on Burke Mountain for one full week in the fall and in the spring. "It's authentic work," says Tom Forster, science teacher at TSS. "We are committed to cultivating in our students a sense of stewardship for the natural environment."

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