Middle school students study ecosystems at Fiddlers Green

You can learn about ecosystems in the classroom, or you can get outside and explore them in your own backyard. That’s what seventh-graders in Anna Endreny’s science class recently did at Fiddlers Green in Jamesville. 

The class visited the stream the first week of October to monitor the ecosystem and collect data about how healthy it is. The data will be used by Upstate Freshwater Institute and will help with stream monitoring in the Great Lakes Region. 

“Through a workshop with BOCES, I learned about a grant through Upstate Freshwater Institute that loans out the equipment and provides scientists who volunteer with the students. SUNY ESF also partners with us on this field trip. They supply volunteers and equipment as well” said Endreny. 

The scientists and volunteers helped provide a very hands-on experience for the students. They were broken up into three groups. Students tested and studied the quality of water, current, and organisms living in the stream. Many students were all smiles as they got to navigate the water in waders and hold crayfish. 

This is a great example of how Jamesville-DeWitt teachers provide unique and memorable learning opportunities for students. 

Keep up the great work!