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Bayou Land Conservancy
April 14, 2011

I am an 8th grade teacher and recently brought about 40 students to the Bayou Land Conservancy. Cynthia Salvaggio, the Environmental Educator, and her volunteers did an outstanding job facilitating outdoor learning for the students. The students learned about invasive species, how to gauge the health of an ecosystem, and the importance of wetland preservation. The experiential learning included a hiking scavenger hunt for native and invasive species and removal of invasive plants. Most memorable for the students was putting on rubber boots, grabbing a net, wading through a pond, and skimming insects and other organisms from the top of the water to explore the type of creatures living in the water. Students learned that various organisms can signal either really clean or toxic water.

In addition to the breadth of experiences provided, I was impressed by Cynthia and her volunteers' professionalism, passion, and dedication to education. I highly recommend visits to other school groups as well as the general public.

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Advisor & As part of a service learning field trip, our students went on a hiking scavenger hunt for invasive species, were able to remove some invasive species, and waded through a pond exploring the organisms that lived there.