Stu­dents go ca­noe­ing

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion-led field trip com­ple­ments cur­ricu­lum

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HENRICO — A group of 10 Colo­nial Heights Mid­dle School stu­dents and their teach­ers joined the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Foun­da­tion, CBF, in ca­noe­ing the James River and Four Mile Creek ear­lier in Oc­to­ber out of Deep Bot­tom Boat park.

On this ed­u­ca­tional field ex­pe­ri­ence, they ex­plored wa­ter­ways, sur­veyed wildlife, tested wa­ter qual­ity, and ex­am­ined sources of pol­lu­tion. These hands-on in­ves­ti­ga­tions com­ple­ment the school’s cur­ricu­lum in the class­room. On these field ex­pe­ri­ences stu­dents col­lect au­then­tic sci­en­tific data, which they then in­ter­pret and an­a­lyze with CBF staff us­ing an age-ap­pro­pri­ate, stu­dent­cen­tered ap­proach.

“Out­door learn­ing is an op­por­tu­nity to forge a real con­nec­tion to Vir­ginia’s beau­ti­ful wa­ter­ways,” said Dei­dra Floyd, CBF direc­tor of field pro­grams. “Stud­ies have shown that en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion im­proves aca­demic per­for­mance, in­creases civic en­gage­ment, and in­stills a be­lief that in­di­vid­u­als can make a dif­fer­ence.”

Time is run­ning out for teach­ers to sign up their mid­dle and high school stu­dents for on-the-wa­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions this com­ing spring with CBF. Space is lim­ited. Cen­tral Vir­ginia teach­ers in­ter­ested in sign­ing up their classes can find out more in­for­ma­tion at www.cbf.org/ed­u­ca­tion or by call­ing CBF’s sched­ul­ing of­fices with ques­tions at 410-268-8816.

[CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/KENNY FLETCHER]

Colo­nial Heights Mid­dle School stu­dents and teach­ers un­load ca­noes at Deep Bot­tom Boat Land­ing on the James River in Oc­to­ber.

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