The Windham-Ashland-Jewett Science Club wrapped up a successful school year, conducting six session in which students got the chance to explore the forest ecosystem at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties’ Siuslaw Model Forest.
Club members concluded the year with two sessions in June covering stream ecology and freshwater fishing.
With the help of Fran Martino (River Haggie Outdoors) and Deb Valerio (a Windham-Ashland Jewett teacher), Cornell Cooperative Extension Environmental Educator Andrew Randazzo taught the group about the importance of water conservation. The club studied stream quality by assessing macroinvertebrates, studied water temperature and PH and got a chance to learn about fish identification. They also got to spend an afternoon fishing.
For some students, it marked the first opportunity they have had to get out and fish. For others, it was the first time they thought of fishing through the lens of conservation. For the upcoming school year, the club plans programming on citizen science.
The club is made possible in part with financial support from The Windham Foundation.
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