Students increase environmental literacy at Evergreen

Allegany County Public Schools students learn to use meteorological instruments during a field trip to the Evergreen Heritage Center in Mount Savage.

MOUNT SAVAGE — Nearly 900 Allegany County Public School students in sixth and eighth grades and earth science classes participated in environmental education field trips to the Evergreen Heritage Center. The center provides students with outdoor education experiences focused on hands-on learning about environmental concepts and issues.

Sixth-grade classes explored the topics of weather and the water cycle. The students used concept maps to define weather and were taught how to measure temperature, humidity and wind speed. While studying the water cycle, they learned about the terms condensation, precipitation and evaporation. At the conclusion of the field trip, they were given extension kits for use in their home schools.

Earth science classes explored land formation, soil and groundwater during their day trip to Evergreen. The students conducted soil analysis, mineral analysis and checked the temperature and pH of well water. They used topographic maps to aid in their research. 

Eighth-graders visited Frostburg State University’s Sustainable Energy Research Facility to explore traditional and alternative energy resources. The students had the opportunity to participate in energy experiments and to design windmills and balloon cars. 

For more information, visit www.evergreenheritagecenter.org or call 301-687-0664.

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