Forest Field Days
A fourth-grader program encouraging students to interact and ask questions about their environment
The goal of this program is for fourth grade students to interact with and ask questions about the natural world and to increase students’ understanding of ecosystem processes and increase awareness of the natural world. Overarching questions for the field trip are, “Why are forests important in the global ecosystem and on St. Croix?” and “What organisms live in a forest ecosystem and how to they interact?”
The program takes place at USDA Estate Thomas Experimental Forest where students work in learning communities of 10-12 and participate in three inquiry-based activities.
Examples of Activities Include
Use a variety of tools to capture insects from different parts of the forest and learn about the diversity of insects and their roles in forest health
Create a carbon cycle model and learn about the forests’ role in carbon storage
Learn about tropical dry forests and other forest types, forest layers, observe growth rings and measure trees
Birds of The Forest
Use binoculars and field guides to identify common forest birds and learn about the importance of forests to resident and migratory birds
Travel through the forest trails with a natural history guide to learn about forest composition and cultural uses of many plants.