Earth Day at Cook Forest State Park

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Earth Day at Cook Forest State Park

Post by edfrank » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:56 pm


Tomorrow I will be doing a presentation on "Tree Measurement" at the Earth Day Celebration by the NORTH CENTRAL REGION MATH/SCIENCE EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE at Cook Forest State Park, PA. Fellow NTS member Dale Luthringer will also be doing an educational walk through the Forest Cathedral Area.
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Once again the North Central Region Math/Science Education Collaborative and Cook Forest State Park are planning our activities for Earth Day Celebration 2013 to be held at Cook Forest State Park on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Dale (Cook Forest Ed. Specialist)& I are hoping you will be available on that date to do a presentation with the students and teachers.

Teachers, students and presenters commented on the value of this environmental learning experience and I have already received requests from teachers to bring almost 100 students. This number will increase as permission is granted.

The international topic for 43th Anniversary of Earth Day 2013 is “The Face of Climate Change” and the 2013 Pennsylvania Envirothon theme is “Grazing livestock for improved herd health and land management”.

The Pennsylvania Envirothon Mission Statement “emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecological, and economic balance. The learning objectives emphasize awareness, knowledge, and attitudes through outdoor hands-on applications while addressing the complex natural resource concerns facing today’s world as well as the challenges of tomorrow.

We will have a variety of activities that will help students develop the awareness and understanding of these issues. As in previous years, learning stations will be set up with hands-on activities related to this year’s topics. Students and teachers will rotate through the stations to participate in the activities.

Josie Shirey
I am doing my presentations on tree measurements. I plan to demonstrate how to use the laser rangefinder/clinometer method, but have the students try to use the stick method. This is something low-tech they can do at home at a minimal cost to start exploring their local trees and forests. I have included links to our measurement guidelines and the ones in Wikipedia, and to our website and BBS should they want to pursue more accurate tree measurement. Here is a copy of the flier I am handing out:
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"I love science and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awe by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and revigorate it." by Robert M. Sapolsky

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