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The Lake Erie Field Station at Kelleys Island Presents its June 2014 Program

Botany:  June 9-13 for Grades 9-12

During this week, students will study the unique types of plant life on Kelleys Island. Botany is the scientific study of plants, including their physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification, and economic importance.  Students will be grouped into teams and will visit different sites on the island to collect plant data.  At each site, students will dig to look at soil horizons to survey plant diversity and density, to map sites which include boundaries, island locations, major landmarks and features.  Students will conclude the week with a presentation of learning.

Birds: June 16-20 for Grades 7-10

This ornithology program will explore the interdependent nature of bird species and their environment. Students will become aware of and discover the different bird species of Ohio. They will learn to distinguish birds by sight and sound, and through outdoor exploration, students will document and map bird species that inhabit Kelleys Island.  As summer STEM bridge program participants, students will be exposed to listing and collecting valuable bird data for eBird, an international database.  Students will be provided an overview of bird adaptations, bird migration and bird behavior, as well as receiving an understanding of the conservation of birds and their habitat. They will leave the Field Station with resources that enabling them to continue bird discovery and birding, if they are so inclined.

Limnology- Study of Lake & Islands:  June 23-27 for Grades 9-12

Students will study the biological, geological, physical and chemical attributes of Lake Erie and its area islands. Students will examine the ecological and environmental impacts from and on Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes. Throughout the week, students will be exposed to various forms of data Collection and analysis. This program will build on last year’s Limnology course;  however, previous participation is not necessary.

A Sample Schedule

7:15- Wake-up

8:00- Breakfast

9:00-12:00- Field Work

12:00-1:00- Lunch Break

1:00-3:30- Subject Matter and Lab Work

4:00-5:00- Break

5:30-6:30- Dinner

6:30-7:30- Activity/Lecture

7:30-10:00 Evening Program

10:30- Lights out

For registration:

Go to PAST INNOVATION LAB  website from March 15 to May 23rd for registration.   Just as in prior years, Children  of Kelleys Island property tax payers and immediate families may attend free of charge;  the program is fee based for all others.  Commitment to a course week is required.  The popular fee free Thursday night Community Presentations and Friday AM Family Programs are included.

528 Division Street     Kelleys Island, OH 43438     (419) 746-2730

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