Photos by Monica Figueroa, a BVU freshman from Storm Lake.
Buena Vista University science education students recently conducted an environmental field workshop for a group of Storm Lake Middle School students at the Discovery Center on Little Storm Lake. The BVU students used the 11 informational kiosks and observation tower at the site to conduct hands-on lessons with the middle school students, using the current drought conditions as an opportunity to teach them about water resources, personal water use, and wetland dynamics. They also helped the middle school students observe and identify wildlife in the area.
The work by BVU students, including several Deans Fellows, was coordinated by Dr. Melinda Coogan, assistant professor of biology. The seventh grade students are members of Karen Hixon’s class.
“My past experiences with field investigations have taught me to remain flexible and use current conditions as teachable moments,” says Coogan. “The BVU students did an excellent job of developing activities that would help the 7th graders understand the ecological principles behind how wetlands assist with water resource protection.”
Last spring, BVU students developed the kiosks in cooperation with the City of Storm Lake and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.