Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hurricane Train!

Well, as of the 1400 EDT report, it looks like the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest will dodge the effects of Tropical Storm (could-be Hurricane) Hanna. We came dressed to crawl in the fine powder under the building, haul out the hurricane shutters, and wear out our finger tips screwing on the end caps. The really fun jobs always seem to get cancelled! Oh, wait! Looking to the east there is Hurricane Ike and Tropical Storm (can't wait to be Hurricane) Josephine! We may yet get a chance to run shutter drills.

As the morning was not to be filled with shuttering as planned, we set about updating and enhancing the education department curriculum page. We're jealous, right? Each grade-level page can be reached from the curriculum page. The grade-level pages have been modified to show our emphasis on the two curriculum units, birds and wetlands/watersheds. The lessons that are currently written for these units can be found under the headings "Pre-trip," "At Beidler Forest," and "Post-trip." For second grade, clicking on the "Decoupage Habitat" lesson in the "Pre-trip" brings up the full lesson as a PDF. Lessons continue to be added as week-long units are being developed for each grade. Those units will be posted soon.

Regardless of what appears on satellite images FAR to the east, this is a wonderful time of the year to take a field trip to the swamp! If you are a teacher, know a teacher, or simply play a teacher on tv, see what we have to offer by visiting our evolving curriculum page and letting others know of its existence!

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