Science on the Green

For the first time in nearly a decade, the Agency of Natural Resources will partner with the Agency of Education to host Science on the Green this fall. The event will be Thursday, September 26th at North Branch Nature Center & the Montpelier Recreation Fields.

  • WHAT: Science on the Green 2019
  • WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • WHERE: North Branch Nature Center & the Montpelier Recreation Fields, Montpelier VT
  • WHO: Open to 6-8th grade teachers and students

Science on the Green allows students to explore science, the environment and the actions we can all take to protect our planet. The event will provide hands-on opportunities for students to engage in environmental science and learn how science plays a critical role in environmental protection. The workshops will be led by Agency staff and specifically designed to empower young people to be stewards of the environment by taking environmental action in their schools and local communities.

Teachers can choose a track best aligns with their units of study and best fits student interests. All activities are linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. Workshops are listed below. 

For more information, contact Rebecca Roy at Rebecca.Roy@vermont.gov or read this letter to educators. 

 

Download the full workshop list and course descriptions *

Workshop List & Course Descriptions 

Five Science Tracks: 

Water Biodiversity 

Earth's Surface Systems 

Habitat Vermont Ecosystems 

Conservation 

Meet a Professional 

Water Quality? Ask the Bugs! 

 

The Incredible Journey 

 

Day in the Life of a Forester 

 

What’s Your Water Footprint 

 

Game Warden Dog Demonstration 

 

Let’s Go Fishing 

 

The Importance of Dirt 

 

Tree Identification 

 

Recycle Rally and the 3Rs 

 

Wildlife tracking 

 

Hands-on Hatchery Truck 

 

Shoreline Erosion 

 

Invasive Plants and Insects 

 

Interactive River Demonstration 

Trail Building 

 

Water Biodiversity 

Water Quality? Ask the Bugs! 

Students will conduct a simulated stream bioassessment and view live bug specimens. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5 

Lead scientists: Lindsay Miller and Laura Dlugolecki 

Let’s Go Fishing 

Students will learn about fishing regulations, fish identification and how to cast in a fun, hands-on way.  

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-LS4-3 

Lead biologist: Corey Hart 

Hands-on Hatchery Truck 

Hop aboard one of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s fish hatchery trucks, see some of the live fish on board, and learn the science behind how we raise and stock fish in Vermont, what we do to promote fisheries and fishing in Vermont, and why it matters to all Vermonters.   

Phenomena can address standards: MS-LS1-4, MS-LS2-1 

Lead biologist: Adam Miller 

 

Earth's Surface Systems   

The Incredible Journey 

An interactive game to simulate the movement of water through the water cycle.  

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS2-4 

Lead scientists: Lindsay Miller and Laura Dlugolecki 

The Importance of Dirt

Soil occurs at the interface of the Earth’s rocks, air, and life.  It purifies water, forms habitat for organisms, and provides the food we eat. Through playing with dirt, students will discover how soil forms, what it is made of, and why it is important.

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS2-2, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-2 

Lead scientist: Grahame Bradley  

Stabilizing Shorelines  

See the shorelines for all their benefits and values in a hands-on activity exploring the impacts of tree loss, erosion, and sedimentation.   

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-6 

Lead scientist: Ryan Colarusso 

 

Habitat and Vermont Ecosystems 

Day in the Life of a Forester 

What do foresters do besides walk in the woods? Explore some of the things foresters do every day including measuring trees, reading maps, and other fun surprises. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-LS2-5, MS-LS1-4 

Lead forester: Dan Singleton 

Tree Identification 

Learn some fun tricks for identifying Vermont’s most common trees with hands-on activities. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-LS1-5 

Lead scientist: Rebecca Roy 

Invasive Plants and Insects 

Through fun games and hands-on exploration learn some cool ways to identify and deal with invasive plants in your community and around your home. // Have you heard about Emerald Ash Borer? Learn about this and other invasive insects and learn how to survey trees in your community and at your school. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-5 

Lead ecologists: Ginger Nickerson and Elizabeth Spinney 

 

Conservation 

What’s Your Water Footprint 

Did you know the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day? In this activity, students will be presented with a pile of 100-gallon jugs and ask to share what they use water for during the day. Students will also participate in the Common Water activity to learn about aquifers in a hands-on relay activity.  

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, MS-LS2-5 

Lead scientist: Ashley Lucht 

Recycle Rally and the 3Rs 

Where does stuff go when you’re done using it? Learn the basics of waste management and compete with classmates to test your knowledge of how to reduce waste and what can be recycled or composted. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4 

Lead scientists: Emma Stuhland Anne Bijur 

Interactive River Demonstration 

The river flume model will be used to demonstrate conflicts that occur between managing development, roads, and other infrastructure with rivers, and opportunities for protection and restoration. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ESS3-2, MS-LS2-5 

Lead scientists: Kim Jensen and Staci Pomeroy 

 

Meet a Professional 

Game Warden Dog demonstration 

Meet Game Warden K9 Moose and see him in action in a quick demo. Followed by a talk about what Game Wardens do.  

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ETS1-1 

Lead Game Warden: Jenna Reed 

Wildlife Tracking  

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be leading the walk. No special skills are necessary for participants – just the curiosity to witness stories wildlife leave behind. From the tracks of a fox catching a ruffed grouse in the to a mouse scurrying along whipping its tail behind, Vermont’s landscape is a great place to discover signs of wildlife. 

Phenomena can address standards(Transferable SkillsSelf direction, Responsible and Involved Citizenship, Informed and Integrative thinking, (Crosscutting Concepts) Patterns, Cause and Effect, System and System Models, (Science and Engineering Practices) Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Asking Questions and Defining Problems, and Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information. 

Lead scientist: Ali Thomas 

Trail Building 

Learn the art and science of trail building with hands-on activities. 

Phenomena can address standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2 

Lead forester: Walter Opuszynski 

 

Julie Moore
Agency Secretary

Peter Walke
Deputy Secretary

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