Urban Students Explore the Great Outdoors
Organized by: Lauren Ashman
EVENT DATE May 05, 2015
My students: Lift For Life Academy is a charter school in St. Louis, Missouri. Our students are high poverty, with a majority of students qualifying for the federal free and reduced lunch program. As a school, we provide resources and experiences so our students can thrive academically, and build strong character. The science department strives to provide students with inquiry based learning in the classroom to enhance their understanding of Earth and Planetary Science. However, science is also carried out in the field. Field studies are vital to truly understanding and applying the principals of Earth Science.
My Project: Lift For Life 7th graders will spend one evening overnight at The Dana Brown Center at Shaw Nature Reserve. The resources being requested will be used to pay for overnight accommodations, two experiential education classes,
and transportation to and from Shaw Nature Reserve for students who are unable to pay.
The trip to Shaw Nature Reserve will impact the 7th grade students at Lift For Life Academy by providing them with an opportunity to experience nature and strengthen content knowledge through field studies. Many of my students have had limited exposure to nature. However, they possess an innate interest in experiencing the natural world, as shown through previous experiences. This offers them a chance to become more comfortable in nature. Students will participate in a Missouri Ecology class and Night Hike/Astronomy class which will help them apply what they have learned in the classroom. As a result, LFLA students will build the foundation for a life-long interest in the scientific process.