Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)In academic year 2002-2003, JRBP collaborated with faculty and staff of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) and held quarterly teacher training workshops for local middle and high school teachers. Participants gained experience working with new technology for data collection and curriculum design. Utilizing soil temperature probes and specialized software from Vernier, workshop teachers will collaborate during academic year 2003-2004 in a multi-school soil temperature experiment. Students at collaborating schools will have the opportunity to do hands-on field science at their own campus and will develop valuable skills in quantitative analysis as they compare the results of the various locations. These data, which will represent several micro-climates in the Bay Area, including soil temperature data from the Jasper Ridge Global Change Experiment (JRGCE), will be entered into a web-based data set and accessible by all participants. The JRBP/STEP/local schools environmental education model provides an opportunity for thousands of students to engage in meaningful scientific activity each year without excessively increasing human use of the Preserve.
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Ecology Society of America - Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability (SEEDS) ProgramThe ESA Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability (SEEDS) Program began in 1996 as a collaborative effort to work towards increasing the number of minorities in the field of ecology. Student field trips are an important component of the program and aim to foster greater student identification with ecology through direct field experience. In June of 2003, JRBP hosted the SEEDS field trip to Northern California which included two days of field work at Jasper Ridge, a visit to Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, and other sites in the Bay Area. Attendees included 17 students from ten schools, three SEEDS faculty, three staff members from the Ecological Society of America, and one participant from the All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ANLSAMP).
Eastside College Preparatory SchoolSpring 2003 marked the fifth year of the Eastside College Preparatory School JRBP Field Studies class. For ten weeks, 15 ECP sixth graders collected data in their ecosystem sites for three hours each Wednesday morning as they worked alongside Stanford undergraduates Laura McClendon, Simha Reddy, and Britt Sandler. In addition to collecting data on air and soil temperatures, relative humidity, and plant growth, the students explored special topics including adaptations (plant and animal), insects, botany, geology, and tracking. Students presented their work to peers and ECP faculty at the end of the quarter. For more information about Eastside College Preparatory School, visit http://www.eastside.org/.
Woodside Priory High SchoolIn 2003/2004 Jasper Ridge researcher Dylan Schwilk worked together with faculty and students of the Woodside Priory High School to conduct a post-fire herbivory study at the Preserve. The students in teacher Hovey Clark's AP Ecology class investigated the effect of rabbit and deer herbivory on grassland community composition in a two-factor experiment: 1) burned and unburned grassland and 2) enclosed and non-enclosed plots. The students constructed the wire exclosures and placed them at the site of an accidental burn that occurred in July 2003. Students conducted plant censuses of the plots in November 2003, February 2004, and April 2004. Dylan Schwilk – a postdoc in David Ackerly's lab – assisted the students on the design and implementation of their study.
News and AwardsThe Jasper Ridge/Eastside School Field Studies class receives Stanford Community Partnership Award 2008 May 16, 2008
Push to improve K-12 education takes root in local high school's backyard Stanford Report, February 19, 2009
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