Blog

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day

Last Saturday, February 25th, EcoReach participated in the Boy Scout Advance-a-Rama held on the UGA’s campus. Advance-a-Rama is an opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn one of over fifteen merit badges all in a single day. Advance-a-Rama occurs twice a year and has been held in Athens for over thirty years. Professors, students, and members of the Athens community teach classes specifically designed for Boy Scouts, such as Swimming, Fly-fishing, Personal Fitness, Law, and more.

For the third year in a row, EcoReach hosted the Environmental Science Merit Badge for Advance-a-Rama.  Over the course of the day, the Scouts learned about a wide range of issues in environmental science, including: the history of environmental science, environmental science terminology, types of pollution, erosion, pollination, environmental impact statements, conservation, and careers in environmental science. One of the highlights of the day was taking a walking trip to Tanyard Creek and seeing some water pollution in action. We were also able to brainstorm ways in which we could restore the stream. Everyone had a great time!

img_7180
Emily and Carter presenting on environmental science terminology.
img_7182
Michelle and the Scouts discussing the effects of erosion on Tanyard Creek.
img_7248
Looking for stream macroinvertebrates!
Advertisements

Owl Pellet Dissection at Athens-Clarke County Public Library

The Athens-Clarke County Public Library holds a variety after-school activities for students in the Athens area. Today, EcoReach teamed up with the ACC Library for the after-school program’s first ecology themed event. Middle and high school students from around Athens were able to learn about predator traits and trophic dynamics through dissecting owl pellets. Students were able to find and identify the bones of a variety of prey items, including rodents, shrews, and voles. Both students and volunteers had lots of fun learning about these top predators!

img_7078
Introduction to the lesson.
img_7084
Owl pellets– up close!
img_7082
Hard at work!

Water Activities at Stroud Elementary

Last fall, EcoReach had the chance to collaborate with WatershedUGA to conduct a series of water-related activities at Stroud Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. These events included running an activity booth at a parent night and two lessons about water quality monitoring and watersheds with the Community Problem Solvers class. EcoReach volunteers were able to introduce the bright students in this class to the concepts of biological monitoring and hydrologic processes through two fun and interactive activities.