Interim 2014: BioBlitz and Camping

(Art courtesy of Daniel Novikov)

(Art courtesy of Daniel Novikov)

By, Tyler Tsang

This year Ms. Ambrose will  be introducing a new interim where she will bring 24 students outdoors to experience the  national parks. Students will participate in BioBlitz, where they will document as many plants, animal, and fungal species as possible in the national parks.

“During the BioBlitz, scientists all over the United States will be taking inventory or the species there (plants, animals, trees, insects, birds),” said Ms. Ambrose.

Students will learn many things from this interim such as the scientific method and applying it to the conservation field, identifying  different types of plants and animals, using a dichotomous key, collecting scientific samples, and developing team and leadership skills.

“I think it’s really important to get students into the state and national parks to see what amazing resources there are. I love the natural world. I want students to fall in love with the beauty that’s in nature. Doing BioBlitz is cool. People might be interested in how we can save species or help the natural world.”

When asked about which students will enjoy this interim, Ms Ambrose answered, “I think students who like to be outside, students who care about the natural parks, animals, and plants should come and join.”

Students will need to bring layered clothes because they will be outside, hiking shoes because there will be a lot of walking around the parks, parent permission slip, toiletries, water bottle, and a bag lunch for the first and second day. It is optional to bring a camera or smartphone to take pictures. Bay Area Wilderness Training will provide all of the camping gear.

Activities will include BioBlitz, taking picture of the park, and camping. Students will be camping for two nights of this interim. They will be around the campfire stargazing and watching bats.

Students will travel to different park sites and meet up with scientists to identify the different types of species that are in the area. They can take photos of the animals and upload them to the park’s database. Scientists will also explain to the students how they are working to save biodiversity.

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