Au Sable Prairie Field Trip
- Familiarize students with Whidbey Island ecosystems.
- Increase awareness of human alterations of local landscapes.
- Increase student understanding of land use by aboriginal peoples.
- Introduce students to native and introduced plant and animal species.
- Introduce plant surveying methods.
- Increase process skills of observation and description.
- Pre-field trip readings in prairies and land use history.
A short introductory meeting will be held in the Auditorium Barn.
- students and facilitators will be introduced.
- prairie etiquette reviewed.
- student deliverables reviewed.
- groups of four to six students formed.
- A group accompanies a facilitator to a work site.
- Groups (and facilitator?) rotate to next work site.
- Groups meet in Auditorium Barn for wrap-up.
- Post-field trip student critique.
- Small transect circle - ID plants and % cover. Record in journal.
- Large transect circle - ID plants and insects (journal).
- Reflective writing (journal).
- Landscape drawing (journal).
- Auditorium Barn (wrap-up), create species list (journal).
- Prairie information.
- Hand lens.
- Plant reference (on-the-spot herbarium?)
- Bird references.