Mosquitoes and muck were no obstacle to students gathering wetlands research data just outside Middle Township Middle School. They were learning about wetlands that are just outside the doors of their school
Pete Lomax, owner of the environmental services company the Lomax Consulting Group, was interested in seeing what data the students would obtain. “A lot of people don’t know how close the wetlands are to the school,” he said. “Today, the students will gather data that we’ll take back to the office to analyze.”
30 middle school sixth graders participated, breaking into three different groups to examine different parts of the forest. They examined soil types, vegetation, and hydrology, to learn how water changes the environment.
Two of Lomax’s employees, Aaron Baker and Kristin Wildman worked with the teachers and students.
“The students will be excited if they can pick out some of the plants,” Blood said. According to the teachers, the students have been studying wetlands in the classroom, and the trip outside was a chance to get a firsthand look at the subject.
“This is a way to take the students out into the natural environment and show them some of the things that they’ve been learning about,” Lomax said. “It’s a way to plant the seed of interest in the environment.”