Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Harrah Elementary Ecosystem Fieldtrip

Dale, Dan, and their 5th graders headed out for a fun and sunny fieldtrip to explore some local ecosystems and get acquainted with some awesome birds!
The first stop was to a local pond ecosystem where students, with their chaperons, were allowed to explore the ecosystem. Students were provided with a "scavenger hunt" list of items to look for, but were allowed to explore anything that caught their eye. It was an exciting time of pure exploration and inquiry! We saw tadpoles, a turtle, looked at what types of plants grew near the water and in the water, investigated where the pond's water source was, and collected a number of interesting water bugs. One of the chaperons was incoming WATERS fellow, Meilani, who will be working with Mr. Estock next year!

The next stop was the Yakima Arboretum. We were provided with exploration backpacks and allowed to explore the entire arboretum as guided by an ecosystem map. In the different ecosystems we could ask questions from the guide book and look for interesting plants and animals.

Our last stop was to the Raptor House Rehabilitation Center in Yakima where we were invited to learn about falconry and even met some of the birds that are kept at this location. We learned about falconry and about local falcon species. A couple of lucky students had the chance to help fly the falcons.

It was a great end of the year fieldtrip!!

A special thanks to the Yakima Arboretum for hosting us.
And the Raptor House Rehabilitation Center for the fantastic tour and demonstration!

Morgan Middle School Reecer Creek Fieldtrip

In collaboration with Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, WATERS fellow Jamie took Morgan Middle School 6th graders on a great fieldtrip to visit the Reecer Creek Restoration project at Irene Reinhart park in Ellensburg.
Students measured stream parameters like depth and velocity, searched for flood evidence, learned about the restoration project, and even helped plant some seedlings!

It was a great opportunity for students to invest and learn about restoration happening in their own backyard!
For more information about Mid Columbia Fisheries and their projects visit their website at